About Demon (CW: sexual assault)
Somebody came to me and asked me to share their story about Jimmy "Demon" Ho.
Here is what I have verified: the staff member who walked in on the two of them can confirm the two were in a room together, but not what happened before that.
She told someone about the incident a year later, in 2015, and I confirmed with that person that the accounts were consistent. Person was someone I already know and trust.
Everything else is in her own words. A lot of detail is removed (her choice) so as not to clearly identify who she is.
No matter how long I stare at this page, this never gets easier
In 2014 I was doing a lot of things in esport. Jimmy was a guest at a Dota 2 LAN that I also attended. At the end of one day he asked me to help him in another room. I didn't realize that being alone in a room with him would be a problem, then he started to casually touch me. It quickly escalated. At first I told him to "stop moving" then "stop touching me" and it was like he didn't hear me at all. He went so far as to grab my underwear. It felt like years, it was probably minutes. A staff member came into the room and Jimmy immediately stopped touching me. I left, I cried, I attempted to make some sense of the situation, I handled it poorly, I blamed myself, and then I didn't speak about it for nearly a year - I was eventually able to confide in a friend from the scene the next summer.
This is not something I think about a lot anymore, but in the last 48 hours it's one of the few things that I've been able to think of clearly. I've always felt guilty about not saying more, and I hope finding the words to share will help someone the way others have helped me.