Cyberbullying victims are more often female. And the disparity in cyberbully rates due to gender is significant.
Cyberbullying Victims – Risk Factors
According to a recently published article, “How Dangerous is Cyberbullying?,” girls are 2.6 times more likely to be cyberbullied than boys.
The article also reports that women are victims of cyber harassment at twice the rate of men, with 53% of women reporting they had previously received unwanted sexually explicit images.
Cyberbullying and cyber harassment involve intimidating or embarrassing a victim through methods such as:
The victim’s personally identifying details are published online.
The victim is impersonated online.
Damaging or embarrassing photos or videos are published online.
Cyberbullying is considered an increasingly significant public health problem.
Victims of cyberbullying may suffer serious negative social, mental, and physical effects as a result—including increased rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide.
Various states have enacted criminal laws prohibiting cyberbullying. Cyberbullying and cyber harassment may also be fought through civil litigation.
An experienced lawyer can help you explore and evaluate your legal options to help stop cyberbullying.
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As compiled via the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program, “violent crimes” are defined as “those offenses that involve force or threat of force” and consists of four offenses: (1) murder/non-negligent manslaughter; (2) rape; (3) robbery; and (4) aggravated assault. Here are some numbers on Georgia violent crime rates for metropolitan regions:
- Albany (includes Baker, Dougherty, Lee, Terrell, and Worth Counties): 612 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Columbus (includes Russell County, AL and Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, and Muscogee Counties): 439 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Brunswick (includes Brantley, Glynn, and McIntosh Counties): 420 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Atlanta/Sandy-Springs/Roswell (includes Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties): 398 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Savannah (includes Bryan, Chatham, and Effingham Counties): 354 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Warner Robins (includes Houston, Peach, and Pulaski Counties): 348 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Hinesville (includes Liberty and Long Counties): 346 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Athens-Clark County (includes Clarke, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe Counties): 300 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Augusta (includes Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties): 286 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Valdosta (includes Brooks, Echols, Lanier, and Lowndes Counties): 263 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Dalton (includes Murray and Whitfield Counties): 221 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Gainesville (includes Hall County): 176 per 100,000 inhabitants
Source: FBI — Violent Crime
Though these statistics are presented in descending order , it should be noted — particularly in light of the FBI’s own caution — that a region’s ranking does not provide a complete picture and drawing inferences based on ranking alone may prove misleading.
Violent crime rates, particularly when more narrowly reduced to particular locales, may provide an indication of foreseeability and assist in a property owner’s assessment of what safety precautions are reasonably needed to prevent injuries to people on its premises.
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