HA­RASSED ON­LINE

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

NEW YORK (AP) - A new sur­vey says a whopping 41 per cent of U.S. adults have ex­pe­ri­enced on­line ha­rass­ment, rang­ing from of­fen­sive name-call­ing to stalk­ing and sex­ual ha­rass­ment. That’s up from 35 per cent in 2014. The Pew Re­search Cen­ter said that 66 per cent of re­spon­dents have wit­nessed other peo­ple be­ing ha­rassed. While some peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences could be “shrugged off” as a nui­sance, Pew said, some 18 per cent said they were sub­jected to “se­vere” forms of ha­rass­ment. This in­cluded phys­i­cal threats, stalk­ing and ha­rass­ment over a sus­tained pe­riod.

The vit­riol of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion has brought the is­sue to the fore­front for many peo­ple.

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