Women and Men Protection - Never Give Up

Women and Men Protection - Never Give Up

Feb 17, 2017, 12:10 AM |



Sexual harassment has been a prevalent issue in our society and in the legal system for over fifty years.  The ever-increasing use of the Internet in the past twenty to thirty years has served as a medium for sexual harassment that has, until recently, gone relatively unnoticed.  While the Internet has provided an array of benefits and advantages for today's society, its darker side has substantially emerged as Internet users are being subjected to online discrimination, sexual harassment, identity theft, cyberstalking, and cyberbullying on a daily basis. 

Sexual harassment on the Internet can occur in a variety of ways and through a variety of mediums.  Some of these mediums include, but are not limited to:
                                 (1)  Chat rooms;                                   
                                 (2)  Internet forums/message boards;      
                                 (3)  Social networking sites;                    
                                 (4)  Instant messaging;
                                 (5)  E-mail;
                                 (6)  Avatars;
                                 (7)  Flame wars
                                 (8)  Internet Advertising
                                 (9)  Redirected/automatic linking
                                (10) Spam
                                (11) Pop-ups

What are the main forms of sexual harassment encountered on the Internet?

As mentioned above, sexual harassment on the Internet can occur in a number of ways.  A common form of sexual harassment on the Internet occurs when a harasser sends unwanted, abusive, threatening, or obscene messages to a victim via e-mail or instant messaging.  Another common form of Internet harassment occurs when a victim is subject to unwanted, abusive, threatening or obscene messages and/or comments on internet forums, blogs, and discussion boards.  

The majority of sexual harassment activity on the Internet can be categorized into one of the following:
Gender Harassment
Gender harassment can be communicated in both verbal and graphic forms.  It is often described as "unwelcome verbal and visual comments and remarks that insult individuals because of their gender or that use stimuli known or intended to provide negative emotions." Azy Barak, Sexual Harassment on the Internet, 23 Soc. Sci. Comp. Rev. 1 (2005).  

Verbal gender harassment refers to offensive sexual messages aimed towards a victim that are initiated by a harasser.  Such offensive messages include gender-humiliating comments, rape threats, and sexual remarks which are unwelcome, and are neither invited nor consensual.  Verbal harassment can be either passive or active depending on whether the harasser targets a specific victim (active) or targets potential receivers (passive).

Graphic gender harassment refers to the intentional sending of erotic, pornographic, lewd, and lascivious images and digital recordings by a harasser to specific or potential victims.  Graphic harassment often occurs via email, instant messaging, redirected/automatic linking, and pop-ups.  

Unwanted Sexual Attention
Unwanted sexual attention on the Internet occurs when a harasser uses direct personal communication to harass a victim.  Additionally, the harasser uses personal communication to convey messages directly relating to sex and/or sexuality which are unwanted or unwelcome by the victim.  Such messages often:
    (1) refer to the victim's sex organs;
    (2) refer to the victim's sex life;
    (3) refer to intimate subjects; 
    (4) impose sex-related images or sounds; or
    (5) insinuate or offer sex-related activities.
Furthermore, a harasser who uses unwanted sexual attention to harass a victim online, intends to solicit sexual cooperation from his/her victim either on the Internet or in person. 

Sexual Coercion
Sexual coercion is the least common form of sexual harassment encountered on the Internet.  Sexual coercion uses various means online to obtain sexual cooperation by placing pressure on a victim.  This pressure is often achieved by the use of explicit threats of harm directed towards the victim or relatives and friends of the victim.  

Sexual coercion is substantially seen more in cyberstalking.  For more information on cyberstalking, click here.

What can I do, if someone wrote public harassment on chess.com?


1. Write below:

"Personal attacks and stalking is not allowed by terms of service: https://www.chess.com/legal#termsofservice"

Then if he escalate his innuendo and attacks, you may have a more clear-cut violation to report.



2. Write below: 

The following is not allowed:

- upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

- "stalk" or otherwise harass another;




Not only for you but also for all other members might be victims in future.....

......and the ones who were afraid in the past. 




Don´t be discouraged if your report does not result in an immediate ban of the member.


It will be added to the meber's file and will be used against him if more reports of harrashments comes in.

How to handle on chess.com

You need to file a ticket so issue can be tracked and resolved.


Include as many quotes as you have with time stamp... when you get a confirm email... reply with some screenshot

Keep the offending messages in your inbox until you hear from chess.com


Possible answer: 

Hello Andrea!

Thanks for taking the time to write in and help keep Chess.com a family friend site!

I am really sorry you had to deal with such an abusive member. :(

I closed all this member’s account as there is no place on Chess.com for this kind of behavior.

Again, thank you for taking the time out of your day to help keep our site a better place. I wish you the best of luck in your games!



Chess.com Support Staff 

MarcoMaior, LeilaMarie, IstvanHajdu and Feeling-bad accounts are closed with remark "abuse"

                  NEVER GIVE UP



Further, according to the Pew survey, women were much more likely than men to say that their recent experience with harassment online was “extremely” or “very” upsetting.

Pew Research Center 2014

There have been a number of attempts at remedying the problem of cyber sexual harassment, from for-profit business models to new algorithmic software applications to detect and monitor threatening language.