Organizations That Can Help Cyberbullying Victims
First, if you have been victimized online, it is crucial that you report it to the specific app, social media site, gaming network, Internet service provider, or cell phone service provider involved. On our Report Cyberbullying page, we have provided a constantly-updated list of contact information to assist you in this manner. Please let us know if you need (or have) the contact information of another platform or provider that we should add, as we are happy to do so to help others.
Second, below is a list of organizations who provide specific help to victims of cyberbullying and online hate. We strongly encourage you reach out to one or all of them with the details of your situation, digital evidence that proves your case, and account information so they can try to assist you. They are passionate about what they do, pride themselves on assisting others, and should be able to come to your aid and make your situation much better.
Run by Elizabeth Lee and Samantha Silverberg, Online SOS Network is a nonprofit that provides free, direct services for those experiencing any type of online harassment. For example, they will direct you to legal counsel in your own state who can help you through pro bono assistance. They also have licensed mental health professionals on staff to provide counseling services and advice. Finally, they make available a contingency fund to help targets pay for certain required services.
Run by founder and cyberlawyer Parry Aftab, this organization was the first online safety and education group in the world. According to their site, their work falls into five areas: WiredSafety.org’s work falls into five major areas: help and support for victims of cyberbullying, cyberabuse, cybercrime and harassment; advice, Training and Help for law enforcement worldwide on preventing, spotting and investigating cybercrimes; education for children, parents, communities, law enforcement and educators on cybersafety issues; information and awareness on all aspects of online safety, privacy, responsible use and security; and resources that can be downloaded or printed and used for offline presentations, community events and classroom activities.
Founded by Ross Ellis, this organization provides counseling, referral services, and assistance for targets of bullying. They estimate that they have helped almost 5 million children and teens. Their goals involve reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.
Contact form: http://stompoutbullying.org/index.php/about/contact-us/
Founded by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and supported by technology and media companies such as Intel, Vox Media, and Re/code, this organization seeks to inspire solutions to stop online cruelty by increasing awareness, advancing anti-harassment solutions, and promoting positive change in communities. Their goal is to “take a solution-oriented approach with a variety of stakeholders to make the impact that’s needed to stop the kind of online harassment that too many suffer on a daily basis.”
Founded by Anne Collier and Matt Soeth, this helpline allows schools or districts to have a point of contact who will advocate on their behalf to social media companies for investigations, support, deletion or content or accounts, or other related matters. They current only support schools in California, Georgia, or Washington, but are continuing to roll out across the nation.
Phone: 855-997-0409 (open 9-4 on schooldays)
Web form: http://icanhelpline.org/contact-us/
Founded by activists and cybervictims Zoë Quinn and Alex Lifschitz which seeks to help targets of revenge porn, doxing, stalking, hacking, impersonation, threats, and hate through “proven and humane” tactics. They provide both public resources and private assistance, and interface with tech companies, government officials, and other entities related to your case and situation.
Heartmob is a community intended to help targets of online harassment and bring together volunteers who can lend a hand. They ask individuals to describe their experience, create a help request, and then receive support. They also assist targets develop a safety plan, collect and document their case, and figure out next steps.
Web form: https://iheartmob.org/victim/sign_up
NetSafe was founded in 1998 and is based out of New Zealand. Their team is passionate about promoting responsible digital choices and preventing many forms of online victimization. They have an extensive partner network and address online scams, fraud, cyberbullying, spam, child exploitation, hacking, and privacy breaches.
Phone: 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) (toll-free)
Web form: http://www.theorb.org.nz/