There is a great quote by Tupac Shakur, “Just because you lost me as a friend, doesn’t mean you gained me as an enemy. I’m bigger than that. I still wanna see you eat, just not at my table.” It is a statement that resonates with me greatly.
I was saddened to discover defamatory websites under the guise of “anonymous journalism” that were created with the intent to harm my credentials and character. To discover a vendetta in the form of cybersmearing, cyberstalking and cybersquatting was shocking. Witnessing these sites become more sinister over time was disturbing. The sites are down now, but I learned so much in the process.
These defamatory websites forced me to navigate new waters and learn what remedies are available to combat such nefarious activities. To my surprise, I learned that cyber attacks have increased during COVID-19. Cyber attacks against women have increased exponentially. As with any stalker, the assailant is often someone you know. Turns out I do know my assailant(s) and I suspect that this online assault was not their first rodeo.
Because of my research, I was asked to write an article about the situation. It is my hope to help others find guidance, hope and resolution in such matters.
Going back to Shakur’s quote and the people responsible for the cyber assault, they are still not my enemy. I find the entire situation rather sad.