We’re always interested in organizations that address online dangers and provide a resource for people to take action against victimization. Alexis A. Moore founded such an organization based on a cyberstalking incident she experienced. Survivors in Action is a non-profit that supports victims and families of crimes that include not only on physical abuse crimes, such as domestic or child, but also cyberstalking incidents. Survivors in Action has volunteers who, among countless other services, help victims and their families obtain restraining orders, accompany them to family or criminal courts, and provide a children’s program that gives counseling and teaches conflict resolution skills.
Moore’s inspiration for Survivors in Action came from an abusive relationship she was involved in. What was even worse, however, was that Moore’s ex then canceled her credit cards, took money from her bank account, and canceled her health insurance because he had access to all of her online accounts. During this time, Moore found little help with her situation, even after reaching out to local law enforcement, crime victim groups, and the FBI. Using her negative experience, she became an expert on cybercrimes and founded Survivors in Action.
Hopefully our kids will never be victims of cyberstalking, but if they are it’s good to know about resources that can help. Cyberstalking is a serious invasion of online privacy and safety, but the first step we can take against it is to put as little personal information online as possible. By keeping our online reputation and privacy intact, we can hopefully avoid any online predators or cyberstalking crimes that then have seriously negative consequences.
What other organizations do you know of that provide similar resources?