Cyberbullying of victims coming forward to allege abuse is now a well-known phenomenon. Attorney Candice Blain lent her expertise on cyberbullying and online harassment in an article recently published by Spin: After #MeToo: Accusers of R. Kelly, Jesse Lacey, and More on Enduring Fan Harrassment
The article by Andy Cush explores in-depth the phenomenon of harassment by fan armies and the experiences of women who have come forward to accuse celebrity musicians—such as R. Kelly, the late rapper XXXTentacion, Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson bassist), Jesse Lacey (Brand New), and William Francis (William Control)—of abuse only to then suffer harassment, bullying, and abuse, both online and in real life, at the hands of the accused musician’s fans.
Discussing Kesha’s battle against Dr. Luke, and her decision to talk publicly of her abuse, Cush notes that speaking up rather than going quiet, while difficult, is often the best or even sole option for survivors seeking justice, writing:
She is believed, which is what all survivors are asking for on a baseline level, and she received the kind of support that would be offered to all survivors in an ideal world.
The piece discusses an important problem as it exists today: cyberbullying and online harassment, and the price survivors continue to pay for their courage in speaking out.
Cyberbullying of victims merely represents a new approach to an age-old tactic: silencing survivors.