HONR Empowers Victims of Hate & Harassment
Victims Targeted by Individuals, organizations, or campaigns
One of the most common threads running through the personal accounts of those who have experienced cyber aggression, is the feeling of complete helplessness. Victims of more traditional crimes have a well established path for assistance. If someone commits a crime against you or even threatens to commit a crime, you call the police. The police take care of investigating the crime and reporting the incident to the District Attorney, who then prosecutes the criminal. If the crime is proven, the criminal is punished. Even in cases that don’t rise to the level of an actual felony, suing someone for damages, civilly is a very common and straight forward process.
Victims of online crimes however, tend to have a much different experience. Online service providers fail to respond to requests for assistance or make reporting so onerous as to render their complaint system useless. Police are ill equipped to respond to online based threats and harassment due to lack of education on and understanding of cyber crime. District attorneys, even when cyber specific law exist to protect victims, fail to prosecute due to jurisdictional and procedural confusion. And without sanction from service providers, attention from the police, or effective legal remedies, perpetrators are emboldened and victims are left confused as to what they can do to protect themselves and end the harassment.
The HONR Network was founded, in part, to help people better navigate online hate and harassment. By connecting victims to appropriate professionals with the experience and expertise to provide removal, legal, counseling, and other specialist assistance, HONR seeks to empower victims and create a more streamlined and effective system to combat online abuse.
Assisting Victims of Mass or Publicized Violence and Organized Hate Campaigns
People who have experienced mass violence/casualty events (mass shootings, bombings, etc.) or violence that has been publicized (cop killings, live-streamed violence or murder, etc.) are often blindsided by the harassment, hate, and blame that can follow. Who would expect that at a time when a family is mourning the loss or coping with the injury of a loved one, that they would be set upon by anonymous strangers, attacking them both on and off line? However, that is exactly what happens.
So called “social justice warriors” seeking to blame, shame, and punish victims and their families, in order to advance their own agenda, can become obsessive, prying into and exposing the personal lives of victims in an effort to gain attention for themselves and inflict further pain on their targets.
Additionally, events involving guns, drugs, immigrants, or religious or ideological radicals often turn political, which can lead to organized hate campaigns against victims and their families. Similarly, the likenesses and private details about victims may be used to promote a particular agenda or organization, without permission and counter to family wishes.
HONR mentors and guides victims and their families, helping them to understand the online climate, make good decisions about their online presence and security, and work with social media and internet platforms to minimize the attacks. Through our network of professionals, HONR can also help victims and their families find appropriate legal, media, and counseling support.
Assisting Victims of Online Hate & Harassment, and Cyber Aggression
Cyber crimes, including cyber stalking, cyber harassment, cyber bullying, revenge porn, and mobbing are currently the fastest growing crimes, globally affecting millions of people. Devastating to people’s personal lives and professional reputations, cyber crimes can cause long-lasting, life altering damage to victims and their families, leading to financial ruin, divorce, violence, suicide, and murder.
Despite pledges to make the removal of cyberhate and harassment easier and more transparent, social media platforms are often unresponsive to victims. Worse, many platforms have made the removal process onerous and subject to the personal ideologies of the reviewer. This, coupled with lagging laws and even more lagging implementation and enforcement of these laws, means that victims typically find that they have limited, practical recourse against the attacks.
HONR provides victims of online hate and harassment a myriad of assistance. From step-by-step guidance for the reporting and removal of harassing content from social media, blogs, and websites, to acting as a liaison between victims and social media providers, HONR assists victims in taking back control of their online presence.
Additionally, through the HONR Network, victims gain access to professionals who specialize in providing legal, emotional, reputation management, and other specialist support, both during and after attacks. HONR is dedicated to protecting victims and ending the proliferation of online hate.
It’s Getting Worse
Over the course of the last five years, there has been a 10% increase in instances of severe forms of online harassment, including threats of violence, stalking, and doxing (the release of personal information online). Additionally, one in ten women, persons of color, and those in the LGBTQ+ community are threatened with the release of non-consensual pornography.*
Together, through empowerment, education, and advocacy we can effect change and create a safer more inclusive online experience for all.
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