Taking action

Online abuse is distressing but there are lots of things you can do to help make it stop and get support. Remember:

 

  • It is not your fault

  • No one deserves online abuse

  • You have a right to be who you are and to live without fear of violence, abuse or harassment

Use the internet’s own systems

Reporting the abuse

Take positive action online

Challenging Abuse

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Case Study

Who: Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency a not-for-profit, educational organisation. 

 

The Case: Anita Sarkeesian, 30, concerned at the stereotyping of girls and women by the makers of Video games decided to challenge the status quo. In 2009, she launched Feminist Frequency, a video blog that deconstructs how girls and women are discriminated against in video games and other pop-culture. 

 

In 2012, she launched a project that specifically targets sexism in video games. Among other topics, her videos, which attract hundreds of thousands of YouTube views, have taken on Ms. Pac Man, the 2011 movie Damsels in Distress, and the gendered way in which Lego may be marketed to girls.

 

Sarkeesian's ongoing "Tropes vs. Women" series sparked a ruthless backlash online.  Her Wikipedia page was hacked with degrading slurs, she was sent illustrations of her being sexually assaulted, and an online game was even created titled "Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian." 

 

The Outcome: Sarkeesian has received vast support from the online community. Her $6,000 Kickstarter goal for the video series was met in less than 24 hours, and went on to raise more than 25 times that much to expand the series. 

First Steps:

 

  • Stay calm

  • Tell someone

  • Keep a copy of everything

Be positive and take action!

Report

Complain

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