Right To Be’s storytelling platform is a safe space where you can submit your story of any type of harassment. Our platform also provides support to individuals experiencing online harassment and empowers bystanders to act. People can receive help through supportive messages or by reporting or documenting abusive content.
We’ve received over 32,000 stories since we were founded. Studies show when you share your story with Right To Be, you shift your understanding of your experience of harassment from the realm of the personal, i.e. “this happened to me, it is specific to me,” to the realm of the societal, “this happened to me, but it’s not about me. This is a bigger, societal problem.” Once you’ve made that shift in your understanding, you’re less likely to blame yourself for what you experienced — and more likely to take action on behalf of others. Research has also shown that sharing your story on our platform is proven to reduce trauma for you — and it helps others too, by letting them know they are not alone. Here are some of the main reasons why sharing your harassment story matters*:
Let others know they are not alone.
*Source: Show Up. Your Guide to Bystander Intervention
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We take the security and privacy of our users very seriously. We implement different social and technical security best practices, including moderation of all activities, stories, and bystander accounts, regular technical safety audits, and privacy options for sharing. When sharing your online harassment story, you have the option to choose what name you display. All our offline harassment stories are anonymous.
All activity on the platform is reviewed by trained staff on the Right To Be team. This includes harassment cases, supportive messages, help requests, documentation, and bystander accounts.
All bystander accounts are reviewed before being accepted. If you want to become an ally and support people experiencing online harassment, you need to become a member and link a Linkedin or Twitter account to the request. We do this to protect our community and ensure bystanders have a stable online identity and no history of hate. Some well-intentioned bystander accounts may be rejected if their linked social media platforms do not meet our predetermined criteria.
We think that speaking up about your experiences with harassment is an incredibly bold act. We admire the people who take this brave step and want their experience to be 100% empowering. Sometimes bystanders may be willing to help but don’t know what to say or say things that could worsen the situation for the person being harassed. Please refer to our Best Practices for Bystanders guide to learn some tips on how to send supportive messages.
Stories categorized as offline harassment will be public to both members and non-members on the website. For this reason, we ask that you do not include any personal or identifying information (addresses, phone numbers, full names, etc.) in any submission. For online harassment posts, you can choose if you want your story to be private or accessed by our trusted community members. When writing and posting your online harassment story, you have the option to choose what name you display. All posts and comments are moderated by our team.