Criminalize CyberBullying & CyberMobbing

Criminalize CyberBullying & CyberMobbing

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Kathleen Bonczyk started this petition

Children and adults have taken their lives after they were bullied, including over the internet.  We need stronger, more effective laws to hold internet predators accountable for their crimes & to protect victims.

The internet is a breeding ground for bullying & harassment. In certain situations, a bully persuades others to join in targeting, stalking and attacking a single victim.

This vicious organized assault is called cyber-mobbing. 

Bullies may be classmates, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances or even complete strangers. Unlike situations when bullying is face-to-face, the victim may have no notice of who is or how many are on the other end of the smartphone or computer. This adds to the trauma victims of bullying experience, such as anxiety, depression, humiliation, stress and suicidal thoughts. 

Because of the perceived anonymity the internet provides, on-line abuse can be worse than in-person harassment. Fueled by the actions of others, brazen cyber-mobbers may say or do things they would not in the "real" world.  

Some states are considering laws to address cyber-mobbing and cyber-bullying in certain specific contexts.  However we lack a national policy to criminalize this conduct including when the perpetrator(s) are located outside of the jurisdiction where the victim resides.

The internet is global. Our criminal laws also need to be global. 

The internet predators' aspire to intentionally damage and intimidate victims. The first step toward these malicious objectives is to silence them.

Speak up - for yourself and others including victims whose mouths are forever sealed by death.

Please. sign the Petition.

 

www.workplaceviolencepreventioninstitute.org

info@workplaceviolencepreventioninstitute.org 

 

 

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