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Victims turning to the court to stop harassment such as cyberbullying and doxxing

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  • Cyberbullying and doxxing are severe forms of online harassment that can have significant emotional and psychological impacts on victims.
  • Legal frameworks like Singapore's Protection from Harassment Act provide essential protections but require further enhancements to be more effective.
  • Victims should document all instances of harassment, report the abuse, seek legal advice, and reach out for support to protect themselves and stop the harassment.

In today's digital age, the internet has become a double-edged sword. While it offers numerous benefits, it also opens the door to various forms of online harassment, including cyberbullying and doxxing. Victims of these malicious acts are increasingly turning to the courts for protection and justice.

Cyberbullying involves the use of digital platforms to harass, threaten, or humiliate individuals. This can take many forms, including sending threatening messages, spreading false information, or posting harmful content about someone. Doxxing, on the other hand, is the act of publicly revealing someone's personal information without their consent, such as their home address, phone number, or email address. Both forms of harassment can have severe emotional and psychological impacts on victims.

Legal Recourse for Victims

In Singapore, the Protection from Harassment Act (Poha) has been a significant step forward in combating online harassment. Enacted in 2014 and amended in 2020 to include doxxing, Poha empowers victims to seek protection orders and expedited protection orders to stop harassment and remove harmful content. However, navigating the legal process can be daunting for many victims, especially those unfamiliar with legal terminologies and procedures.

Ben Chester Cheong, a law lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences, emphasizes the importance of empowering victims to take action against their harassers. "Making online spaces less anonymous makes it easier to hold individuals accountable for harmful actions and deter others from engaging in similar behavior," he notes.

Challenges in Enforcement

Despite the legal frameworks in place, enforcement remains a challenge. Victims often face difficulties in getting online platforms to remove offending content without a court order. This can lead to prolonged exposure to harassment and further emotional distress. Cheong suggests that legislative enhancements enabling victims to directly request takedowns of doxxing content from platforms could potentially fill this gap.

Global Perspective on Cyber Harassment

The issue of cyber harassment is not confined to Singapore. Globally, women and girls are particularly vulnerable to online violence. A report by the World Bank highlights that only 30 percent of economies worldwide provide legal protections against cyber harassment. This lack of comprehensive legal frameworks leaves many victims without adequate recourse.

Steps to Take if You Are a Victim

If you are experiencing online harassment, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself:

Document Everything: Keep records of all instances of harassment, including screenshots, URLs, and any other relevant information. This documentation will be crucial if you decide to take legal action.

Report the Harassment: Use the reporting mechanisms available on the platform where the harassment occurred. While response times can vary, reporting the abuse is an essential first step.

Seek Legal Advice: Consult with a lawyer who specializes in cyber harassment cases. They can guide you through the legal process and help you obtain the necessary protection orders.

Reach Out for Support: Contact helplines and support organizations that can provide emotional support and practical advice on dealing with harassment.C

The rise of cyberbullying and doxxing highlights the need for robust legal protections and support mechanisms for victims. While laws like Singapore's Poha are a step in the right direction, more needs to be done to ensure that victims can quickly and effectively stop harassment. Empowering victims with the tools and knowledge to take action is crucial in creating a safer digital environment for all.

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