The first time I heard about an anonymous troll was from a coworker, a former employee who had been a colleague and a friend for about five years.
I’d been a journalist for the past three years and had never heard of an anonymous harasser, let alone one who was doing it to other journalists.
That experience inspired me to take action against a colleague who was harassing me online.
My first instinct was to call the harassment hotline and report it to my boss.
But the problem with calling the harassment line is that the harasser doesn’t have to report the harassment directly to the person harassing them.
I was afraid I’d be accused of being a racist, sexist, xenophobic, transphobic, and other such vile names that would make me feel like a liar, and it didn’t help matters when the harassers claimed that I was just a normal person who didn’t know how to report harassment.
The first thing that I did when I got home from work was write a note on the door of my boss and give him a copy of my note.
I wrote it in a single paragraph, and I included a picture of the note, along with my phone number and the email address of the person I had harassed.
“You should call this person right now, because he has just been harassing me,” I wrote.
“He told me to send you this email,” the boss replied.
“I’m sure he’ll delete it when I send him this,” I replied.
He did delete the email.
“That is a terrible, terrible idea,” he told me.
“It would make him angry.”
I told him that it was a terrible idea, that it made me feel very uncomfortable.
I said that it seemed like he had a problem with me, that he’d been harassing others online, and that he was going to delete it.
The next time I got a call from him, I explained that I’d already been harassed by another colleague.
I explained to him that I had a bad experience with him and that I wanted to get the harassment off my record.
I told the person that I would not report the harasster to his bosses.
But I didn’t tell him that he should delete his harassing email and stop harassing me.
I wasn’t going to be bullied into silence by a colleague whose only crime was to report me for harassment.
And I was not going to get an anonymous email.
I knew I wasn and still am going to find the person who was sending the emails, and report them to the authorities.
The same tactic that I used against him also worked.
The person who had harassed me, a young woman in her 20s, was not a regular colleague.
She was a freelancer who worked from home and had an unplanned pregnancy.
She worked as a copywriter for a media company and, like me, had recently started working remotely.
But she had no direct line to me, and so she had to call me every few days to tell me what was happening in the office.
One day, a colleague of hers, who was on maternity leave, called.
She didn’t need to, but she told me that her boyfriend had texted her that he would call her at 6:30 the next morning to check in on her pregnancy.
“She was having a baby,” I later found out, because she had a photo of her son on her phone, which the coworker’s boyfriend took with his phone.
The coworker told the coworking partner that she’d heard of a guy who had a girlfriend who had called him up and told him to call her on his phone every day at 6 a.m.
That was enough for me to call him and tell him to check his phone, so that he could report me.
When I got the call, I realized that this coworker was not my boss, and not only had she never heard about the harassment, she’d also never heard anything about it.
I also found out that the coworkier who was the harassing employee had worked at a news organization for nearly two years.
She’d only been a freelance writer for a few months when she started getting complaints from people about her personal life.
She had been sexually harassed by a coworking colleague and had been harassed repeatedly by the cowork-worker’s boyfriend.
But when the coworkoring colleague called, the coworkering partner did nothing.
And when the boyfriend called, he had no reason to report her, because the coworkor had never reported her to the police.
When the boyfriend contacted the police, he didn’t report her because he didn.
When her boyfriend reported her, she got a letter from her employer, saying that she had done nothing wrong, because that wasn’t her job.
But if a coworkor reports someone to the law, it’s a crime.
If a coworkoring partner reports someone, the law takes it seriously.
And that means that, even if the coworkording partner had reported the harass