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Australia’s Next Top model judge Charlotte Dawson survives suicide attempt at hands of twitter trolls.

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Australian personality and former model Charlotte Dawson has reached out to thank fans who have come out in support of her after vile twitter postingsled to the New Zealand born Foxtel presenter succumbing to an attempt on her own life.

Reports Australia’s dailytelegraph:

The shocking and dangerous bombardment of nasty messages came in the wake of Dawson’s stand against Melbourne “troll” Tanya Heti, who was suspended from her Monash University job for urging the TV star and another follower to “go hang yourself.”

What perhaps makes the incident most ironic is how by speaking out against anti bullying sentiments the Australia’s Top Model judge then began herself to be the recipient of untoward bullying which led to her near demise, something not infrequent as cyber bullying has in the past led to victims taking their own lives.

The media release claimed the TV presenter had been “pushed to the very brink by these creeps” but hoped “by speaking out, she can save someone else from the hell that she only just survived.”

It comes as the anti-bullying foundation Dawson recently agreed to act for as ambassador, Community Brave stepped up its online campaign to #SayNoToBullying.

huffpo: In a span of 24 hours after the star made a TV appearance to speak out against bullying, hundreds of Twitter users sent Dawson abusive messages like, “@MsCharlotteD Like previously stated by the many tweets you’ve received (sic) … And also stated by the country of New Zealand. Go hang yourself” and “neck yourself you filthy s***.” Many users even set up ad hoc Twitter accounts to bully Dawson, including one called @gohangyourself. Some even sent Dawson photographs of dead bodies and mocked her for her for not having children, Jezebel reports.

In an attempt to unearth the identity of anonymous twitter commentators, Australia’s Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has reached out to twitter, the American social media entity in hope that they will release the identity of commentators deemed inciting. That demand though is unlikely to be met in fear that it will drive users away from the experience of anonymity that many crave on social media entities. Yes many often find courage to say what they would like to say without recourse to persecution when their identity is shielded.

Offered Mr Conroy: “What I would say is that Twitter should cooperate with the police investigation that is now underway to help reveal who these trolls are,”

“You shouldn’t just be able to hide behind under anonymity. You should behave the same way in the physical world as you do in the online world and so Twitter should come to party.”

“But Twitter, because they’re an overseas company operating under American law, they have in the past, the range of these big internet companies, haven’t always been prepared to chase it down hard for us.”

That said one wonders why a media personality like Ms Dawson was taken to task by such a motley crew and whether the abuse hurled at her was an attempt to disparage her and taint her image or whether it’s a condition of the Australian community to kick down anyone who is perceived to be too high for their breaches otherwise known as the ‘tall poppy syndrome?’

The 46 year old tv presenter is said to have been discharged from the Emergency Psychiatric Care Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon (Australian time) to conduct an interview with 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown which will be televised Sunday night in Australia.

So much for hiding behind social media masks to vilify other individuals at no repercussion to oneself….

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  • James H.

    Lol, I’m James H. Ferarrio and this is hilarious.

  • Just ignore cyber bullies and trolls…just block ’em and they’ll go away…i learned long ago not to take them seriously….poor Charlotte Dawson must’ve had some other psychiatric issues going on besides this outbreak of bullying….

  • Calling yourself What’s Joke now? What happened to Kat or was it Madame Royale.. maybe Sarah. Hows Edmonton these day? You talk about trolling and bullying? HA! Youre the perfect example. I stay silent .. you keep yammering.. so I may as troll the troll … Right?
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  • What’s joke

    You’re one to talk about “cyber” bullying when you harass and make up lies about Brianna Chantal and are friends with the biggest cyber bully on the web, Holly Briley.

  • Guardian

    They say don’t feed the trolls and they will stop. However, a troll doesn’t stop trolling. The simply focus there attention on someone else. Just living with it won’t fix the problem and as we have already seen will make them more vicious after each attack. Free speech was never intended to inflict emotional harm through personal attacks on others but as a way to share different ideas and points of views.

  • The power of words

    It’s a shame that it takes a near tragedy to make people look at their cowardly behaviours. The word troll does not cover the malicious intent behind inciting someone to come to harm. Unfortunately people with psychopathic tendencies are more concerned with getting caught then the impact of their actions.
    Thankfully these people are the minority in our society and hopefully some measures taken,along with the majority of people caring will see the end of bullying on the internet and out in the world. Words can kill and damage so choose them wisely.