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The first rule with any online harassment advice is to make clear that online harassment is the same thing as offline harassment.

For this reason, online harassment should be dealt with in the same way. There are no two different societies so when it comes to online harassment advice, victims should be treated in exactly the same way as victims of offline harassment. 

  • It is just that online harassment happens in the virtual world. What is important is how it affects the victim of online harassment
  • It is persistent, unrelenting harassing behaviour and it involves a high subjective level of distress on the part of the victim
  • It is a criminal offence and a civil wrongdoing
  • The posts and images can be threatening, embarrassing, slanderous, defamatory, derogatory, malicious, libellous and involve false accusations, fake news and even the truth
  • On the internet (technically, at least), it is enough to have one web page as your harassment page because it’s recurring
  • The harassment can be targeted through social media, website creation, live chat rooms, forums, email - anywhere that allows public contributions online

Another rule of online harassment advice is that you can harass someone without making threats, without telling lies and you can also tell the truth about them.

A lot of people think online harassment: dread and fear. Often it is something that is just posted out there about another person. The very presence of the information constitutes harassment because a web page is constantly being refreshed. It just has to be repeated and unwanted. 

Even though victims may not have been assaulted in the physical world, the psychological and physical effects shouldn’t be underestimated.

It is extremely difficult to quantify how the harassment affects a victim of online harassment as opposed to how it affects a victim of offline harassment. Online harassment never goes away and often escalates because if it is on the internet, it is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

We therefore urge victims of online harassment to seek  online harassment advice as soon as possible.

Please visit our page on frequently answered questions about understanding online harassment.

Cohen Davis is a unique, boutique firm, specialising in internet law. We not only understand law and how the internet works but through so many years of experience, we have developed strategies and techniques to deal with the complexities of dealing with online campaigns of harassment.

We have helped people from all walks of life achieve freedom from online harassment for over 23 years. If you are being harassed online and need help quickly or require an urgent injunction, call us today: 0800 612 7211. 

Prior to talking with us, many of our clients have said that they did not think that they could get their online harassment matter sorted out legally due to financial limitations.

You need to know that seeking online harassment advice may not be as expensive as you think because many of our clients, after a full and comprehensive consultation about your online harassment with us, manage to have their matter solved. In our consultations, we look at the whole picture and give a thorough consideration of the reputational consequences and what is best for you, personally. After an initial consultation with you which lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, where we will discuss the various options, we will then consider, through thinking and research, the best route to take to protect you further and then send you a carefully thought out letter of advice. Then, we give follow up advice, on receipt of your letter. All in all, a consultation lasts over 4 hours and it is no wonder that our online harassment advice consultations are so popular because many people get their online harassment matter resolved in less time than they thought, without huge expense and a lengthy legal procedure, whilst protecting their reputation.

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