If the online harassment you are experiencing has escalated to immediate threats of harm against you, your coworkers, your friends, or your family, we recommend that you contact local authorities as soon as possible. The most appropriate place to start is with your local law enforcement agency.
For online, most social media platforms have reporting functions but response times are rarely fast enough to address immediate threats or concerns. Go to our Get it Removed section to learn how to remove content from various social media platforms.
You may also contact a takedown or shut down service to try to remove content, photos, and videos. We recommend DMCA.
For Immediate Help
- CCRI Crisis Helpline If you are a victim of non-consensual pornography that resides in the US, call their toll-free helpline anytime for support and advice:
- Crash Override Network provides crisis support and assistance to the targets of online harassment. They also engage in community outreach and education.
- Heartmob from Hollaback provides real-time support to people being harassed online
- Trollbusters is a global, collaborative campaign project dedicated to helping journalists that are under attack.
- iCanHelpLine is a social media helpline for schools.
- StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
These guides, which vary in scope, have been written by experts in security, digital privacy, and gender-based violence. They are informed directly by the experiences of people who have themselves been the targets of online harassment and abuse.
As a basic security practice, you should always use two-factor authentication, review your online profile regularly and set your browser preferences to “do not track.” Smart Privacy’s Privacy Test is a great way to start.
- Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment: Feminist Frequency, Jaclyn Friedman, and Renee Bracey Sherman
- So, you’re getting harassed on the Internet. What do you do now? By Deanna Zandt
- A Feminist’s Guide to Digital Security from Community Red
- Violet Blue: How to Remove Yourself from People Databases
- So You’ve Been Doxed: A Guide to Best Practices from Crash Override
- Securing Online and Offline Freedoms for Women: Expression, Privacy and Digital Inclusion Manual from Tactical Tech
- Digital Hygiene Course from Trollbusters
- Do It Yourself Online Safety Guide from Chayn
- Tell the truth about your life and split the world open by Annmarie Chiarini
bullying/ More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online, and well over half of teenagers do not tell their parents they are being bullied online. This can potentially lead young people to cope with this issue through drugs or alcohol. Drug rehab.com has recently published an educational guide about bullying and substance abuse. You can also call their 24-hour hotline for help
- Cyber Civil Rights Initiative is a clearinghouse for information about non-consensual photography/pornography. CCRI supports victims and victim advocates, referring pro or low bono services to help them regain control of their search results and lives, and supports the passage of updated legislation.
- Digital Rights Foundation, based in Pakistan, aims to strengthen protections for human rights defenders (HRDs), with a focus on women’s rights, in digital spaces through policy advocacy & digital security awareness-raising.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence and SafetyNet Project: NNEDV’s Safety Net Project focuses on the intersection of technology and intimate partner abuse and works to address how it impacts the safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of victims.
- Online Abuse Prevention Initiative studies and analyses abuse patterns, creates anti-harassment tools and resources, collaborates with key tech companies seeking to better support their communities
- Tactical Technology Collective provides information and supports innovative digital technologies created by advocates and activists worldwide.
- Take Back the Tech is a global, collaborative campaign project. works to take control of technology to end violence against women.
- All Rise is established for the purpose of calling out cyber bullying, cyber trolling and cyber stalking for what they truly are – cyber abuse.
- Without My Consent is seeking to combat online invasions of privacy.
- End Cyber Bullying is designed to combat cyberbullying in this modern age.
- STOMP Out Bullying is dedicated to reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism, and hatred, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.
- The Cybersmile Foundation is an anti cyberbullying non-profit organization, committed to tackling all forms of digital abuse and bullying online, and works to promote diversity and inclusion by building a safer, more positive digital community.
- Megan Meier Foundation supports and inspires actions to end bullying, cyberbullying and suicide.
- Connect Safely is dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy, and security.
- Cyberbully 411 is an effort to provide resources for youth who have questions about or have been targeted by online harassment.
- The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.
- The Enough Is Enough (EIE) mission is to make the Internet Safer for Children and Families.
- The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit membership organization that identifies and promotes best practice, tools and methods in the field of online safety, through the development of public policy, technology, education and special events.
- Internet Matters helps parents to keep their children safe online.
- Keep Children Safe Online (KCSO) is a non-profit organisation aimed at children, parents and teachers to help further educate them on the importance of internet safety.
- The National Cyber Security Alliance educates and empowers its global digital society to use the Internet safely and securely.
- The Audrie Pott Foundation provides anti-cyber bullying presentations to schools, art and music scholarships, and grants for school therapists.
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