Internet supports woman who shared ‘gross’ messages from bullies with their mothers

A post has gone viral on Reddit after a woman shared how she decided to fight the bullies she faced in college.

Redditor u/Left_Wrap_5352 shared her tactics in a now viral post on the “Am I The A**hole” subreddit, which has now received more than 19,000 votes.

The 18-year-old explains that she was bullied and harassed by three men in one of her colleges, who began sending her “abusive” messages and “nsfw” photos, prompting her to take matters into her own hands.

“I should have reported them or just blocked them, but I had had enough so I took a screenshot of every message they sent me and found their moms through their Facebook pages and sent screenshots to them, including an explanation who I am and how their sons have harassed me,” she wrote.

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A post has gone viral on Reddit after a woman shared how she chose to fight her bullies. Above is a stock photo of a young woman looking angry while checking her phone and computer.
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She said after sharing the screenshots, all three moms were “shocked” and sided with the teen. The Redditor said some friends thought the move was a step too far, while others thought it was “just what they deserved”.

According to a report from the Pew Research Center last year, four in 10 American adults said they had experienced online harassment. Research found that harassment was especially common among young adults. While men were slightly more likely to be harassed online, women were more likely to be sexually harassed online.

“Young women, in particular, have experienced online sexual harassment,” Pew Research found. “A total of 33% of women under 35 say they have been sexually harassed online, while 11% of men under 35 say the same.”

Many commentators applauded the Redditor’s move to summon her bullies by luring in their mothers.

“NTA. Any of these guys could potentially face criminal charges; instead you told their mothers. I applaud you for using a method that ensures they get some sort of punishment from their family… ‘ wrote one commenter.

“This is the chef’s kiss perfection…”, wrote another.

In response to the Redditor’s explanation that some of her friends felt the move was going too far, some commenters asked why.

“…As for your friends saying you took it too far, I’d ask them how far they think the three guys have gone, and if that’s too far? Then tell those ‘friends’ to leave ,” one commenter wrote.

“OP, never stop doing what you do. Name and shame 100% of the time. These guys are abusive [sh**heads] and you’re doing a good job,” wrote another. “Always good to reconsider friendships in light of this sort of thing. Anyone who doesn’t support you after being harassed could be sand pounding. The mothers themselves support you! Not much else to say about that. NTA.”

In an edit to the post, the Redditor explained that when the men initially started harassing her, it was “standard bullying” and she reported it, although they only received a warning. She said the behavior escalated with the photos and posts after reporting them, so she decided to take a different approach.

news week contacted u/Left_Wrap_5352 for comment.


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