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Anti-bullying event to be held at this weekend's Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO -- The first-ever Anti-Bullying Red Carpet Mixer & Press Summit at San Diego Comic-Con will take place at Lou & Mickey’s Restaurant on Sunday, July 21 from 10 am to noon.

At this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con International - the undisputed center of the pop culture universe, drawing over 200,000 fans and receiving prominent press worldwide - anti-bullying will be at the heart of the event's entertainment-driven conversations.

The event is expected to garner major celebrity participation and international press. Several non-profits with anti-bullying initiatives, including the United Nations Association, the Anti-Defamation League, NoH8 Campaign, and Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up will participate.

The coalition was formed by actress Chase Masterson ("Star Trek") and award-winning author Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ "Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear," 2012).

“The anti-bullying issue is coming of age,” Masterson said. “Everyone can relate to it, and with the rash of recent teenage suicides, it’s time for it to stop. We're uniting pop culture's favorite stars and media to make a stand along with these top organizations.”

“In our digitalized, media-driven society, pop culture has a constant influence on the way that both children and adults interpret the world. When kids see celebrities take action against bullying, it resonates strongly and sends the message that cruelty is not acceptable,” Goldman said.

"The truth is bullying is not only an issue for the schools and the home. The impact of bullying is one that carries over beyond the school years and affects the behavior of adults and the entire society. It takes a whole community to allow bullying to go on, and it takes a whole community to make sure that it doesn't.” said Tammy Gillies, regional director of the San Diego ADL.

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