Advice for Adult Victims of Cyberbullying

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We get a lot of emails, phone calls, and comments on this blog from adults who are being bullied though technology.  They stress to us that cyberbullying is not just an adolescent problem.  Believe me, we know.  We receive more inquiries from adults than teens.  We know that cyberbullying negatively affects adults too.  It’s just that we spend the majority of our efforts studying how this problem impacts school-aged youth due to their tenuous developmental stage.  That said, I thought I would take some time here to give the adults who have been victimized out there some general advice.

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  1. I need help!
    I'm a female adult who's being harassed on Facebook.
    5 years ago I was a victim of a scam, I was going through a hard time without a job, without money and loosing my home. My kids were young and I didn't have any help. I saw an ad on Craigslist casting for females over 40 for modeling. I immidiately sent my pictures and information. A guy contacted me and explained it was to make a porn video that was going to be shown only in UK. I was desperate and the pay was good so I agreed thinking nobody will ever know.
    I met with him and the filming was 1 hour long.
    I signed a contract, to my understanding giving permission to show the video in UK. Months later I found out the video was all over the internet. Someone is harassing my family and friends on Facebook sending the video. I'm not on Facebook anymore but the harassment doesn't stop. Recently the video was sent to my job and I got fired for other reasons of course but by the way my co-workers were treating me I know the real reason. I don't know what to do, I spoke to a lawyer but there's nothing I can do since I signed a contract. I'm very depressed and having suicidal thoughts but I know that's not the answer and my kids need me.

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