WiredSafety's Victims Page
Many refuse to call the targets of cyberabuse or cybercrime victims. They believe it speaks about disempowerment. WiredSafety uses the terms "victims", "survivors" and "targets" intechangeably, not to judge them, just as a factual designation of the party and role we are referencing.
Knowing Where to Go For Help
When things go wrong online or on cellphones or gaming devices, we often don't know where to turn. We don't know if something qualifies as a crime or is just an annoying by-product of the digital world. When we want to report something, we don't know where or how to do that. And with no obvious cyberpolice, when we need help we find ourselves lost in cyberspace.
First things first. WiredSafety is a Collaborative Group, not a law enforcement agency.
We are all unpaid volunteers who understand how digital technologies and the Internet work and are abused, and are here to help others online. All cybercrimes must be reported to, and handled by, official law enforcement agencies in your community. If you suspect that you are at risk for offline harm, are the target of threats of bodily harm or death to you or a loved one, are being blackmailed or targeted for attacks by others, you must go to your local law enforcement agency and report the crime.
Not Sure What Kind of Help You Need?
What you consider a request for "help" we may consider a request for information, resources, education or to volunteer. In order to avoid taking time from one of our specially-trained volunteers to address your non-help request and therefore prevent a real victim from getting the help they need, if you are unsure of what you need, complete our WiredSafety Inquiry Form. Through this we will be able to review your issue and direct you to the best resource WiredSafety has to address your problem, or another help group or resource, if applicable.