The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) is a non-profit organization that was founded by Holly Jacobs, PhD. Dr. Jacobs was once a victim of revenge porn, a form of online harassment in which an individual posts and/or distributes nude or explicit material of a subject on the Internet without his/her consent. After running into so many dead-ends in her efforts to get help from police, FBI, lawyers, and Internet specialists regarding her case, she eventually took matters into her own hands and started End Revenge Porn in August 2012.
End Revenge Porn is a campaign that lobbies for legislation against revenge porn and also provides resources for victims of it. The campaign has received an overwhelming amount of support and attention from across the globe. While running this campaign, Dr. Jacobs became aware of other forms of harassment that were occurring on the Internet; revenge porn was just the tip of the iceberg. So, she decided to incorporate not as an organization that would address just one form of online harassment, but all forms.
History is repeating itself online. Disadvantaged groups (women, people of color, religious minorities, and LGBTQ) that have been targeted in the physical space are now being attacked and silenced on the Internet. The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) aims to counter this by raising awareness about the issue of online harassment and empowering the victims. CCRI will be a medium through which victims can speak up and fight back against this injustice and demand that just as rules and regulations have been put in place against this type of behavior in the physical space, the same needs to be done online.
At CCRI, we are giving victims the courage and tools to fight back.
If you have any questions about CCRI or would like to get involved, please contact Dr. Jacobs at Holly@cybercivilrights.org.