Charlotte Dawson's death triggers petition for new law

By Morgan Cox,

Since the death of Charlotte Dawson, an online petition against cyber bullying has been gaining support on the Internet.

Dawson was very outspoken about her depression and battle against cyber bullying. In 2012, she was admitted to St. Vincent's Hospital after attempting to commit suicide after being harassed online via Twitter.

The New Zealand model was found in her apartment in Australia after committing suicide on Saturday morning.

According to The New Zealand Herald, the petition, called "Charlotte's Law" has already received 8000 signatures.

"We ask that the Australian Government and the state governments enforce the existing anti-bullying and harassment laws, and take action against those who violate them. We ask that the Australian Government and the state governments enforce the existing anti-bullying and harassment laws, and take action against those who violate them," said Em Mastronardi, a friend of Dawson.

Although the death of Dawson and the creation of "Charlotte's Law" will not put an end to cyber bullying, people affected by her death are consistent in finding a way to limit the bullying that takes place.

The Herald noted that the Parliamentary secretary agrees that the death of Dawson was "tragic," but children who are victims of cyber bullying are a much more important issue that needs to be dealt with.

"There's a bit of the old concept that, 'Oh yes, we were all bullied at school, and we got over it.' This is a much more serious problem than we've ever accepted," said Alastair Nicholson, who is eager to protect users online.

Dawson's sister, who resides in New Zealand, is scheduled to arrive in Australia to plan funeral arrangements.

image: By Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia (Charlotte DawsonUploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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