Abusers and Cyberstalking

From Cyberbullying

“Cyberbullying is defined as the posting of frightening, harassing, humiliating text or images on the internet, cell phones or other digital devices.”

Cyberbullying includes harassment, denigration, impersonation, trickery, and cyberstalking.”

An example of impersonination:  “A fake, horrible e-mail is sent by an impersonator under your child’s name to others.”

Many mothers whose children were taken by an abusive father report that he continued the psychological abuse, by impersonating the child and sending her fake, horrible emails, as part of the ongoing campaign of cyberstalking & cyberbullying. 

*Impersonating someone online is classified as Cyberstalking in Illinois, and a Class 4 Felony.  “Cyberstalking is a Class 4 felony in Illinois. (720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/12-7.5.) A person convicted of a Class 4 felony faces imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than three years, a fine of up to $25,000, or both. (730 Ill. Comp. Stat. § § 5/5-4.5-45, 5/5-4.5-50.)”

From Wikipedia: Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is perpetrated through harassmentcyberstalking, denigration (sending or posting cruel rumors and falsehoods to damage reputation and friendships), impersonation, and exclusion (intentionally and cruelly excluding someone from an online group)

“The US federal cyberstalking law is designed to prosecute people for using electronic means to repeatedly harass or threaten someone online. There are resources dedicated to assisting adult victims deal with cyberbullies legally and effectively. One of the steps recommended is to record everything and contact police.”

RESOURCES:

www.cyberbullying.org
  Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
  NetSmartz411: Internet Safety Help Desk
  Bully OnLine
  www.stopbullynow.com
  www.safeteens.com
  www.childrenonline.org
  www.glsen.org/bullying
  www.adl.org/combatbullying
  www.wiredsafety.org
  www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject
  www.pacer.org/bullying

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