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Our world can be a difficult place to navigate, and I’ve learned the hard way that for women, these struggles are especially acute online. Walking down the street is one thing—if someone yells at you, you can escape to your home; if they attack you, you can call the police. The tangibility of real world dangers doesn’t make them less vile, but their solutions are far more concrete.
Online, it’s a different story. Most of us can’t avoid the Internet much as we may try. Log on for a second, and all of a sudden you’re surrounded by open windows, through which masked figures are free to shout obscenities without recourse. From cyberbullying, to online harassment, to stalking, the Internet too often is a hostile environment in which young people feel anything but safe.
A slideshow presentation by Devorah Rose.