GAH!

Google Alert just sent me a men­tion of my name asso­ci­at­ed with an arti­cle called “Types of Rape.” As I don’t believe I’ve dis­cussed that in the past, I had to check out the URL.

It’s a re-post of an ABC arti­cle from 2000 about online harass­ment. The name of the arti­cle as it appeared was “Stalk­ing in Cyberspace.”

I’m vexed, as I do NOT equate cyber­stalk­ing with rape. I am, in fact, high­ly offend­ed at the very idea of “online rape.” It’s absolute­ly stupid. 

I’ve just sent the fol­low­ing to speakout@global.co.za:

Hi there. I’ve just learned that an ABC arti­cle in which I am quot­ed, “Stalk­ing in Cyber­space,” is on your site with the title “Types of Rape.”

I am quite offend­ed, as I do not equate our fam­i­ly’s expe­ri­ence with rape. I do not believe that it is pos­si­ble for rape to hap­pen online. 

I do not have a prob­lem with your use of the arti­cle (though ABC might), but I must ask that you change the title to make it clear that online harass­ment is NOT rape.

Sin­cere­ly,
Cyn­thia Armistead

Cur­rent Mood: 😡irate
Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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