Both girls were tortured by their communities and schools, particularly over social media. The film highlights our failures as a nation to protect our young people, it illustrates a fundamental misapprehension about gender-based violence, it demonstrates our inclination to blame victims rather than believe them, and it vividly depicts the power and pervasiveness of social media as a weapon.
Forty percent of the world population is connected to the Internet, with more than three billion unique Internet users.
The rise and evolution of social media has created a world where connection is immediate, boundless, enduring, and infinitely accessible and has, for victims of dating violence, manifested as a limitless opportunity for victimization and re-victimization.
According to an annual survey by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: The use of social media as a weapon of choice in abusive dating relationships has made personal pain public, pervasive and perpetual.
It has, at best, created suffering for victims on a world stage at a time when social connectedness and identity is most important and vulnerable.
It can be a comfortable way to get to know someone before meeting him or her in person.
If you’re considering turning to a dating website to meet new people, it’s important to remember a few safety tips as well as red flags to look out for.“Online culture represents the worst forms of gang violence.” Digital dating violence tends to manifest in one of three ways against young people: privacy, pressure, and control.