#MoreThanMean: Say no to online harassment

I’ve been a sports (soccer) fan since I was a young girl. Soccer has consumed me. It’s made me stronger and more compassionate person; it has allowed me to befriend countless people, who would have otherwise never entered my life. Soccer has made me the person that I am today, and I am thankful for that.

When it comes to social media, I know that I’m that friend of yours, who is constantly posting about women in soccer and women in sports. I promote women in sport and women playing sports. Some of you may be annoyed with it. Some of you may embrace it. I’m okay playing this role. It was my decision to. The way I see it is, if I don’t advocate, who will?

Over the years, I have done my best to be a respected voice and advocate of women in sport. I work hard to prove my worth as a sports fan because I am a woman. This is obviously, frustrating, as we shouldn’t have to prove our dedication of sport to others.

Sports reporters, Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro, collaborated with Just Not Sports to show the world through just how awful it is to face harassment regularly on Twitter. I highly suggest that you watch this video and you share it with others. I, for one, am thankful for it, and I am thankful for the impactful message that Spain and DiCaro have shared with all of us. #MoreThanMean

Let’s empower one another.

Disclaimer: You may need a box of tissues while watching this video.

Please also consider following @ZeroSafety on Twitter. The account was created to collect screencaps of online harassment.

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