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Feminist Frequency Joins Fellow Activists in Creating a Guide to Defend Against Online Harassment

Anita Sarkeesian

It’s a shame that we even need a resource like this, but it’s great that it exists. Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian, together with Women, Action & the Media founder Jaclyn Friedman and reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman have gotten together to create a thorough online resource for victims of online harassment.

Speak Up & Stay Safe(r) provides a step-by-step guide for how to defend oneself against website hacking, doxxing, harassment on social media, etc. It also deals with how to protect your physical mail, and how to document any harassment one might receive so that you can successfully report it if necessary. Clearly, all three of these women know the Internet and have dealt with their fair share of internet harassment, so this guide is the product of their combined years of experience. It’s great that this exists.

However, it sucks that they even needed to put this together in the first place. Sadly, despite Life after Gamergate being relatively quiet by comparison, women, people of color, and trans and genderqueer people continually get harassed online simply for speaking their minds and expressing their truths. Here’s to all of us protecting ourselves long enough to allow us to change the world for the better.

(via The Verge; Image via Global Panorama on Flickr)

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