• Cyberbullying victims are not just teenagers

    Date: 07.07.14 | by Judge Tom.

    In 2012, Australian media star and model, Charlotte Dawson, became the target of a Twitter tirade due to her support of anti-bullying efforts. Some social media users wrote comments such as: ‘please hang yourself promptly’ and ‘neck yourself you filthy s***.’ 

    The persistent bullying led to a suicide attempt and hospitalization. When discharged she was subjected to further cyber-attacks and depression set in.

    Charlotte Dawson Australia

    Charlotte Dawson (Facebook)

    On February 15, 2014, Charlotte was found dead in her Sydney apartment. She was 47 years old. The police reported there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Once described as outspoken and courageous, she was also fragile. Close friend, actor Russell Crowe, was in the neighborhood when he heard the news. He was out for breakfast with his young sons and broke down at the news of her passing. They met while teenagers and lived near each other.

    To our readers in Australia, there is immediate help available if you feel suicidal or just want someone to talk to about your feelings. Go to www.lifeline.org.au or call 13 11 14.


    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Elizabeth
      Mon, 03 Nov 2014 at 10:35

      It’s extremely upsetting and heartbreaking when you hear that even adults are becoming targets of cyberbullying. what gives any person the right to tell another human being to go kill yourself; whether you were joking or purposefully trying to hurt someone, we as human being do not have the right or justification to tell people to harm themselves. why is that cyberbullies or any type of bully forget to think that their actions can and will have some type of consequence. We as human beings need to ban together and put an end to such a hurtful epidemic.
      We agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts on this, Elizabeth. Thank you for writing us. -ATJ.info