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Cyber-Bullying Going too Far

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ChaoticArtCrazy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Recently I've heard about how a vocal feminist (and when I say feminist, I mean a woman who wants actual equal rights, not some man-hating crazy person) woman was being harassed by a bunch of jerks online, and that when she tried to call them out on it, their comments when from nasty to downright terrifying. They started to threaten to RAPE and MURDER her, put up horrible pictures of her next to a noose and even one of her screaming with a thong on her face. Not only that but they also started posting personal information like her phone number and address online. She's scared to leave her house and they're justifying it by saying that since she put herself out there, they were in the right.

WHAT. THE. HELL.

I know that a lot of people turn into assholes online because of the anonymity of the Internet, but that's just plain SICK, who the Hell thinks this is in any way, shape, or form FUNNY? The Internet is for expressing your opinion right? Sure you have the right to disagree with someone else's opinion, but that sure as Hell doesn't give you the right to be a sick bastard and threaten to rape and kill them!

It wouldn't bother me so much if not for the fact that when I looked up for more information, I saw about two dozen articles saying more or less the same thing, that this is happening to a lot of women trying to speak out. Not all of them, but enough that it's a little disturbing. Hell, I looked at the comments and saw some downright nasty, sexist, homophobic and closed minded assholes doing more or less the same thing!

So I created this forum post to ask if anyone else has been a victim of cyber-bullying, and boys, don't think I'm just talking to girls. Cyber-bullying knows no gender, and we all know that guys can get just as much abuse as girls. I also what to hear about your opinions and what you think should be done about it.
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AdamKass Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cyber-bullying is one of the drawbacks of the internet. Most cyber-bullies are actually insecure, demure people in real life. The anonymity and lack of meaningful consequences for their words are what gives them the "courage" to act like knuckle-dragging fucktards and be abusive. This isn't really surprising considering these people probably either suffer from real life bullies or believe they do. As such, they take those frustrations out on people they disagree with over the net, where they are safe from actual consequences.

Then, there are the minority of these twits who actually need to be reported to law enforcement, as they really will go through with threats in real life.

Sadly, I don't think there's any meaningful means to stop these people. One can report them to police, but getting law enforcement to take these things seriously requires the capacity of the bully to carry out a physical threat. So basically, police don't really take cyber-bullying seriously if the victim isn't geographically accessible by the bully. All people can do it try to get accounts involved in cyber bullying deleted, or make friends with a really good hacker who could permanently rout the Bully's IP to the Disney site and block any attempt to get anywhere else...
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nietzsche said, make yourself hard; he wasn't kidding around.
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1Superterry Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Teens nowadays are beginning to become more careless about others and even possibly themselves. They seem to do it just to relieve stress, cyber-bully someone to the point of suicide, or simply for fun.

If something like this were to happen to you in small places like South Korea, chances are, your whole life is destroyed within days since rumors spread far faster in much smaller countries.

But anyways the only thing I can think of to stop cyber-bullying is to give an OPPOSITE response of what they expected, or say something that will defeat the purpose of why they were cyber-bullying him/her.
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CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Derek Jesso is a victim of cyber bullying and his bullying happens here on DA with regularity.
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Links?
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CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Poor bastard has a hateful ex-partner who has been plastering nude pics of the ex all over the web for the last couple of years. Deviant art is only one of the places.

A google search might be useful to find off-site references.
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, I remember that crazy ex when Vaporeon249 posted a complaint about it...
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CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, I feel very sorry for him and it is a sobering lesson for those who pose. His slightly personal images are all over the web forever with requests for people to mock him.
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All because of a crazy ass ex.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Meh.
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