Alanah Pearce fights back,
An Australian game reviewer got sick and tired of young boys trolling her and threatening to rape her, so she did what any self-respecting adult would do — she told their parents.
The 21-year-old journalist Alanah Pearce normally reviews video games for local radio stations and television in Brisbane, Queensland. She also has a YouTube channel. But recently, she has made a name for herself by smacking down trolls that send her vile rape threats for no apparent reason. Pearce is using a method not tested before, but appears to be having some luck.
"Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I've started telling their mothers," she tweeted with a photo of the correspondence on Nov. 28.
Pearce wrote to one mother, who she contacted via Facebook: "Hi Anna, I don’t know you, but I was wondering if [blanked] is your son? I have never spoken to him before, but he sent me a concerning message to my public Facebook page today that I was wondering if you might be interested in discussing with him."
The mother replied: "Omg, little shit. IM SO SORRY. YES I WILL TALK TO HIM!".
Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I've started telling their mothers. pic.twitter.com/0Cbs81eXiE
It has been retweeted more than 36,000 times.
“A while ago, I realised that a lot of the people who send disgusting or overly sexual comments to me over the internet aren’t adult males,” Pearce told The Guardian. "It turns out that mostly they’re young boys and the problem is they don’t know any better, so responding to them rationally didn’t resolve the situation. And it got to the point where their comments were starting to make me feel really uncomfortable.”
She then looked through the personal Facebook accounts of the trolls, and it wasn't difficult to see who the boys' mothers were. She got in touch with four different mothers, but has so far only had a response from the one above.
@carrolljba @doncandon Super easy to do just by looking at their profiles, I've done it 4 times now (she was the first to reply, though).
@BennyOBrien @DrCurlytek The 3 others didn't reply. As far as I can tell, they didn't get/read my messages.
Pearce has been fighting the sick gamer trolls for a while now, back in 2013 she catalogued every time a person made a sexist comment towards her in an article '30 Days of Sexism'. The results were less than pretty.
"It’s demoralising, it’s discouraging, it takes the work you’re proud of and tells you it’s worth absolutely nothing more than the sexual value that is tied to your gender," Pearce wrote at the time. "These kind of extremely invasive and excessively vulgar comments are physically sickening."
She may not have beaten the haters, but it is one step in the right direction of dealing with them more appropriately. Let's hope that young kid has been grounded for a very long time after copping a stern talking to.
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