Reporting Online Threats and Harassment
This is just a "FYI" thread to throw out a few resources that people can use when they feel like they're being harassed or threatened, and the behavior seems to be an issue that's larger than reporting someone to a moderator (though by all means, please let us know about ANY threats or harassment you may encounter).
There's a good online resource called WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse).
Here's their mission statement:
The mission of WHOA is to educate the Internet community about online harassment, empower victims of harassment, and formulate voluntary policies that systems administrators can adopt in order to create harassment-free environments. WHOA fully supports the right to free speech both online and off, but asserts that free speech is not protected when it involves threats to the emotional or physical safety of anyone. WHOA further asserts that online harassment is about power in a community: a power structure that has tended to accept or ignore harassment rather than actively seek to cease it.
While WHOA does not wish to single any group out as an enemy, we recognize and celebrate that the tide of the community is changing as people from all walks of life begin to become active participants online. As such, we must begin to assert our power as a group of concerned individuals (no matter what our backgrounds) toward the protection of all people online against harassment targeted against them based on gender, sexual preference, race, ethnicity, age or privilege. WHOA welcomes anyone who demonstrates sensitivity toward the issues of harassment and a willingness to support our cause.
the URL is http://www.haltabuse.org/...ndex.shtml
This site has a great links/resources section. Those of you with kids (or those of you who ARE kids) should pay special attention to the online resources that are devoted to protecting youth from online harassment.
Online harassment, threats and cyberstalking should be taken seriously. It should be taken as seriously as if the same behavior were to be imposed in your offline 'real time' encounters.
You should never feel afraid to visit the org or surf the web in the privacy of your own home. Don't let threats and harassment get the upper hand.
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