How to Support Your Friends When They’re Harassed Online

How to Support Your Friends When They’re Harassed Online

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Movement Health & Operations

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 10 9:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 10 10:15 AM (Eastern)

During the 2016 presidential campaign and since the election, harassment and violence across the country—both in physical spaces and online—has increased. Online harassment of people of color, religious minorities, women, and others has driven some to abandon social media as a public space. But we’ve also heard about many who are rising up and intervening when they see harassment happening. With so many eager to step up, bystanders need to know how to intervene safely and effectively. Join us for a bystander training to prepare everyday people to intervene when they witness harassment online.

This training is relevant and accessible to anyone who uses social media, yet offers new tactics even to seasoned online activists. Folks at any skill level will gain from this training.


Leah Entenmann

Leah Entenmann grew up amid the cornfields of rural Minnesota. Since first identifying as an anti-war feminist at age eight, they have sought to learn about and change systems of oppression and violence. As an adult, Leah has advocated with tenants in public housing; LGBTQ+ (especially trans* and gender-nonconforming) people in crisis; immigrant, refugee, and low-income people dealing with the criminal legal system; and victims/survivors of sexual violence. In 2013 they won the Minnesota Governor’s Award for Community Leadership. Their most recent work has focused on improving access to victim/survivor services for people with disabilities and online movement building for LGBTI human rights. Their Master of Public Policy thesis, “‘Aggravated Homosexuality’: US Influence in Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” examines the ethics and politics of transnational human rights advocacy on sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

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