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Charlotte Dawson, 'Australia's Next Top Model' Judge, Hospitalized After Reported Suicide Attempt

Charlotte Dawson

Terrible news out of Australia this week: Charlotte Dawson, a judge on "Australia's Next Top Model," is recovering in a hospital after cyber-bullying led her to a suicide attempt, the Sydney Herald-Sun reports.

Dawson, 46, a former model and anti-bullying advocate, was ironically and sadly made the target of an organized Twitter campaign -- that perhaps originated on 4chan -- aimed to harass her.

In a span of 24 hours after the star made a TV appearance to speak out against bullying, hundreds of Twitter users sent Dawson abusive messages like, "@MsCharlotteD Like previously stated by the many tweets you've received (sic) ... And also stated by the country of New Zealand. Go hang yourself" and "neck yourself you filthy s***." Many users even set up ad hoc Twitter accounts to bully Dawson, including one called @gohangyourself. Some even sent Dawson photographs of dead bodies and mocked her for her for not having children, Jezebel reports.

The intense bullying got the best of Dawson, who grimly tweeted, "Hope this ends the misery .." and "You win." Emergency services were then called to her home. Dawson is currently recovering in a hospital.

"She's sitting up in bed, she's expected to make a full recovery and she asks that her privacy be respected," a hospital spokesman told TheAge.com.au.

There's one bit of good news: one of the "trolls" who harassed Dawson the most violently was identified and suspended from her university job.

But still: come on, humanity. We can do better -- let's fight to end bullying.

Read more at the Herald Sun.

I really hope she'll be okay. People make me sick.




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Aug. 31st, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I just don't understand why people even feel this is okay. I mean, what did "she do" to piss people off? I don't understand why she would even be targetted.

Seems random.
Aug. 31st, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
That's disgusting. I can't even imagine who thinks this sort of bullying is okay.
Aug. 31st, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
My heart goes out to her. And it shows that bullying hurts no matter your age or the success you've achieved.
Aug. 31st, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
wtf is wrong with people. ):
Aug. 31st, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
That is so sad :(. I hope that the bullying stops.
Sep. 1st, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
this is so, so disturbing and makes me sick.
Sep. 1st, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
I am greatly disturbed that someone would do this to another person - one who they don't even know.
Sep. 1st, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
This is absolutely awful news! Completely disgusting. Suspension is not good enough, I hope these idiots get fired/expelled from wherever they're hiding out and slammed with a record.
Sep. 1st, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
I was in a similar situation. Cyber bullying led me to suicide attempts on a few occasions :\. I tried to get the police involved in one case because this troll went too far and found out my phone number, posted that I was giving free blow jobs. It was just.... very bad.
He got away though because in PA there's an anti-bullying law, but not in Delaware where this guy was from. It really is disgusting.
Sep. 1st, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
That's appalling and I'm so sorry to hear that! Good on you for pulling through, I can't imagine how awful that must have been. I hope you never have to deal with anything like that again.
Sep. 1st, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
It makes me sick to read this. Cyber bullies are cowards...i hope they all get what they deserve. My heart goes out to Charlotte...sending her lots of positive vibes.
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