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Facebook Abuse

Cyberbullying and Internet Harassment

Social networking websites, such as Facebook, have become a nearly inextricable part of daily life in the United States. Having changed the way people communicate and interact, they have also played a significant role in how individuals define themselves and promote a public image to others. As such, online sexual abuse, harassment, and any other type of abuse can be extremely detrimental to a person's well-being and to their professional and personal life.

In light of the growing concerns surrounding cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and other forms of Internet harassment, the state of Texas passed the Stalking by Electronic Communications Act and other laws in order to combat the prevalence of online abuse. Under §33.07 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual can be charged for online harassment when they use the name or persona of another person to create a web page on or to post one or more messages on a commercial social networking site under the following conditions:

  • Without obtaining consent
  • With the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten any person

While Facebook is a common example of where these crimes can take place, laws also apply to all social networking sites, as well as to email, instant messaging, and other similar forms of electronic communication. According to Texas Penal Code §42.07, it can also be considered harassment when a person uses electronic communications with the intent to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass another.

Contact Our Firm Today

As a relatively new and turbulent area of law, abuse within the cyber realm can pose several difficulties during legal proceedings. By fully evaluating your case, conducting investigations, and determining all of your available options, our firm can effectively hold online abusers liable for any damages they caused to victims. Do not allow yourself to believe that there is nothing you can do simply because these offenses take place over the Internet and do not involve physical contact. Stern Law Group is prepared to draw upon our 150 years of combined experience and relevant insight into legislation to fight for your rights. Contact our firm to discuss your case with a knowledgeable sexual abuse attorney.

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