Saturday, May 23, 2015

Community Safety Cyber Bullying Covert Bullying Anti-Social Vigilantism Defamation Facebook Social Media "No charges: police" "NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST CREEP POST WOMAN" Knox Leader, Melbourne 19 May 2015 Hyper-Vigilantism Social Exclusion Appropriate Attitudes towards Men Sexism Gender Equality Rule of Law Due Process Gender-Equal Application of the Law Rule of Law IS One Size Fits All Respect of One Person for Another


While I respect the victim's decision to not press charges 
it would appear that this woman's vigilantism committed the crime of cyber-bullying. 

If we are to take the issue of cyber-bullying seriously 
and to "encourage anyone in a similar situation to contact police and report the matter as opposed to turning to social media” 
this woman ought be charged with the crime of cyber-bullying

Pete Dowe




“If you see something say something”


If you see something? See what? A misinterpretation of law-abiding behaviour?

Say something to who? Facebook? Other Social Media? Everyone you know and run into?

Say something to the authorities if you are genuinely concerned.


Pete Dowe



"Victoria Police spokeswoman Clair White said officers had spoken to the 36year-old woman, but no action would be taken as the dad did not want to pursue the matter."

"A leading Melbourne lawyer said the man could definitely take legal action against the mum and had a good case of winning a “very substantial sum of money”. 

"He also said, in theory, the dad could also take action against every person who shared the photo on Facebook."

"The maligned dad was alerted by a friend to his image on Facebook and immediately went to the police to explain what happened."





  • 19 May 2015
  • Knox Leader

No charges: police


NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST CREEP POST WOMAN

THE WOMAN at the centre of a social media storm over her Facebook post labelling an innocent man a creep, will not be charged by police.

The story has attracted world interest with newspapers in the UK and the US running it on their front pages and television and radio talkback across Australia running red hot.

The Knox mum posted a photo of the self-confessed “daggy dad” as he was taking a selfie at a Star Wars display in Westfield Knox.

She thought he had taken a photo of her children, took a photo of him and put it on Facebook, labelling him a creep.

A leading Melbourne lawyer said the man could definitely take legal action against the mum and had a good case of winning a “very substantial sum of money”.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Clair White said officers had spoken to the 36year-old woman, but no action would be taken as the dad did not want to pursue the matter. He said he did not want to punish her further.

“I don’t need or want people to be put in a worse position just to make me feel better,” the man said.

Ms White said the pair would meet soon and the woman would apologise to him in person.

Media lawyer and principal at M+K Lawyers Justin Quill said the innocent man had been identified in public “and the mum published something defamatory about him”.

Mr Quill

said

calling someone a paedophile was as about bad as it could get in some people’s books, worse than being accused of murder.

He said, in theory, the dad could take action against Facebook, but it was usually pretty hard to do, partly because they were based overseas and also because they had no knowledge of her defamatory comments. He also said, in theory, the dad could also take action against every person who shared the photo on Facebook.

Last week, the mum tearfully apologised for her actions after receiving death threats. She had been unable to sleep since the incident and received two death threats, one in person and the other on Facebook.

Her children are set to receive counselling because they are so upset by it.

“It was never done with the intention of splashing it all over these social media pages,” she said.

The woman said she thought her Facebook page was on private when she put the post up – but now realises she never should have posted the photo at all.

“One thousand times over I wish I could just take it back,” she said.

The maligned dad was alerted by a friend to his image on Facebook and immediately went to the police to explain what happened.

Police checked his phone and thoroughly investigated his story. But he said the episode had left him shattered:

“I felt sick. I am so embarrassed and devastated.”

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