by Ted L Glines
HaltAbuse.org deals with victims of cyber-harassment/stalking. Sometimes Internet interactions become less than friendly and, over time, may become dangerous or life-threatening. In all instances, these cases are serious, because a simple Chat or Email altercation, prolonged, may escalate all the way to murder.
I became interested when I read an article by Jayne Hitchcock, where she related her experience of being harassed and threatened by a literary agency. As a result of her experience, and learning how to deal with her harasser effectively, Jayne founded HaltAbuse.org to assist others who found themselves victimized in cyber-space. Thus, after reading Jayne's article and seeing how her experience created HaltAbuse.org, I found myself volunteering to help.
The past two months have been a "boot camp" - learning how to deal with victims of cyber-harassment, Internet Service Providers, law enforcement, and learning how to remove harassers from the Internet. I am lucky to have had Jayne Hitchcock as my personal instructor. She must have had infinite patience because I probably was an annoying student.
This morning, I received the following Email from Jayne - my "graduation" diploma! It was sent to Jeannine Lahey (Senior Advocate) and myself. "Todd" is the current case we are working.
I think you've passed my training with flying colors. I am handing you over to Jeannine after this case. Go ahead and send your reply to Todd.
Jeannine, get in touch with Ted and work with him on how many cases he feels he can handle at once and any rules you have for the advocates.
So Ted, this means after this case, you don't need to get approval for anything when working with victims - you're on your own! If you have any questions, ask Jeannine first, since she will be your boss. If you can't get hold of her and it's urgent, try emailing me or posting to the staff YahooGroup.
Congrats on your "graduation!"
WHOA & WHOA-KTD
We all talk about how important it is to "make a difference" and we AD people are known for taking an active role in important issues. As a new friend has said, we are "Busy Bees." Each in our own way, we strive to make our world better.
So mote it be!