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Rep. Clark Takes Fight to Online Abusers

CLBB Advisory Board Member, U.S. Representative Katherine Clark, was featured by WBUR for her efforts to combat cyber abuse and protect women from online harassment. Although she is Massachusetts’ newest member of Congress, Rep. Clark has already become a leading figure on Capitol Hill in the fight against online harassment, by pressuring the Department of Justice and FBI to pay greater attention to this issue and by filing a bill that would devote greater resources to investigating Internet threats. From the story:

“If somebody in your office said, ‘I know you’re gonna be in the parking lot at 5 p.m., and I’m going to be there and I’m going to murder you,’ and, ‘Here, I’m going to send you a video of the knife that I’m going to use,’ we would be all over that,” Clark said. The congresswoman says we ought to take threats made through the Internet just as seriously.

“We’re not asking for the FBI or the federal government to come in and police the Internet,” Clark said. “We’re just saying, ‘Investigate these cases and enforce the good laws that we already have on the books.’”

Listen to WBUR’s radio broadcast, and read the accompanying article by Asma Khalid, published July 8, 2015, here.