Lenny Pozner’s Official Statement After Defamation Victory

This is a victory for truth and decency. Today marks an important turning point for victims of hoaxers and online harassers. Unimpeded, conspiracy theories distort truth and erase history. They dehumanize victims. They manipulate the public.

People like Fetzer who hide behind their computer screen and terrorize people grappling with the most unimagined grief were put on notice today. Social media companies that allow their platforms to be weaponized were put on notice today. We will continue to stand up for our rights to be free of your attempts to use our tragedy and our pain to line your pockets or gain internet “likes.”

Being compelled to test my son’s remaining tissue against my own, just to prove to these hoaxers that he existed and is my son, has been emotionally challenging. I want to thank my legal team who have handled this sensitive situation with respect. They continue to be champions of my rights and ultimately the rights of all victims of online defamation. Their work is historic, their dedication is invaluable, and I am humbled by their passion.

I also want to thank the volunteers of the HONR Network who continue to tirelessly dedicate their time and energy to the reporting of hoaxer content. There is still a lot of work to be done. But this was a significant step in the right direction. - Lenny Pozner - June 18, 2019


BEWARE THE JABBERWOCK - THIS AMERICAN LIFE

Producer Miki Meek tells the story of Lenny Pozner, whose son, Noah, was killed at Sandy Hook. In the years after Noah's death, Lenny and his family were harassed by people who believed the shooting at Sandy Hook never happened – that it was all a conspiracy. Until one day, Lenny decided to fight back….listen here.

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HONR Network

HONR Network is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization founded after the Sandy Hook massacre. The initial goal of the organization was to end the continued harassment and intentional torment of the victim's families, who suffered abuse and additional anguish after being targeted by online hoax and hate purveyors. As additional mass-casualty events occurred, and the families of other victims similarly became targets, and reached out for help, the organization mission expanded to include them. Today the HONR Network mission has evolved even further to provide guidance and a network of support for all affected by online harassment, hate campaigns and victimization, to provide education for professionals dealing with the effects of harassment in the workplace and on campuses, and to provide policy assistance for online platforms and legislators seeking to make the internet a safer, more inclusive place for all.

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HONR Launches Safer Social Media Campaign

Safer Social Media Campaign

Victims of harassment suffer in silence and shame because they don’t know how to make the attacks stop. Perpetrators feel protected online by anonymity and often fail to realize that they are committing a crime. Many people wrongly believe that they can say or do anything online without consequence, due to the First Amendment. All share a lack of awareness of both their rights and their responsibilities when it comes to online behavior. This lack of awareness isn’t difficult to understand, few internet users receive any instruction or education prior to going online.

At HONR, we believe that the first and best line of defense against online harassment, is education.

Our goal with this campaign is to create a series of educational videos designed to help people navigate the online world. From understanding social media’s terms of services, and how to deal with online harassment, to understanding the limitations of free speech, and identifying facts vs online conspiracy theories, at HONR, we believe that education is the key.

By creating brief, easy-to-understand videos, on a variety of online harassment focused topics, we can help people to understand their rights and responsibilities online ultimately make the internet a safer and more inclusive place for all.

Please help us reach our goal.

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Educating Professionals

 HONR Launches Education Initiatives

Geared towards professionals, specifically in law enforcement, University administration, and corporate human resource fields, HONR education programs bring professionals up-to-speed on the latest online threats, their responsibilities to constituents, students, and employees to provide a safe environment, and best practices in dealing with both perpetrators and victims.


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 1 IN 5 AMERICAN ADULTS

have experienced prolonged online hate and harassment campaigns classified as severe, including threats of violence, sexual harassment, mobbing, pressure to suicide, pressure to quit their job, harassment that continues offline, and stalking.*

Together, through empowerment, education, and advocacy we can effect change and create a safer more inclusive online experience for all.

Help us achieve this goal.