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What types of online abuse are there for artists specifically? How does an artist or person deal with online abuse? Are there places or sites they can contact to assist?
Online Abuse – Types
Online abuse can take many forms and can be very harmful to artists.
Some of the types of online abuse include cyberbullying, emotional abuse; sexting; sexual abuse; sexual exploitation; hateful speech; threats of physical and sexual violence; impersonation; doxing; nonconsensual pornography; and message bombing.
Online Abuse – What to Do?
If you are experiencing online abuse or harassment, there are several things you can do to protect yourself.
You can report the abuses to the platform that it is happening. Most Social Media platforms have a way to report abusive behavior. You can also block the person who is displaying online abuse, or behavior. Blocking is usually the preferred way to stop or inhibit online abuse and harassment, simply by changing your privacy settings so that only people you know can see your posts.
Online Abuse – Who to Contact
There are organizations that help you deal with online abuse.
PEN America offers concrete strategies for how to defend yourself and others against online abuse. You can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit their website at www.thehotline.org for more information on how to deal with online abuse.
No one deserves to be abused, verbally or physically. Keep an eye out for any form and put a stop to it, please. The world needs good people, good vibes, and always good art.
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