- Oct 25, 2017
I don't believe they meant that abuse survivors shouldn't come forward online. I think they just meant that people should react in a less... aggressive manner to their allegations. (Certainly supportively towards the survivor but maybe cool the attitude towards the accused. It honestly doesn't help anyone, no matter how justified you may feel it is.)
As far as I've seen, no one was making death threats or encouraging suicide or self harm. Pinning this on "internet hate mobs" reeks of a bunch of unsavory attitudes.
Victim comes out with abuse -> Internet signal-boosting makes this aware to fans, family, friends, coworkers, etc -> Abuser is cut off from job opportunities in their industry
If you take out that middle part, who knows what positions of power the abuser can end up in or continue thriving in.
We can't know the details of Alec's passing - what he went through mentally or what his perceptions of his future were. Insinuating that it's the fault of an internet hate mob, to me, is to insinuate on some level that the abuse victim should not have come out with it at all