Gamergate Target Zoe Quinn Starts Anti-Harassment Program
Zoe Quinn, who was a target of ‘Gamergate’ last year, has started an anti-harassment support network, where she along with some other people, will help the community get out of the situations that she found herself in last year.
The new project has been named as Crash Override. This service will offer legal advice, PR, counseling and support to the people whose lives are made miserable by online abuse and threats.
Last year, Quinn became the first target of the Gamergate movement, which is an online movement of angry gamers that are responsible for online harassment, especially against the female video game developers and female critics. The movement was started after Quinn’s ex-boyfriend posted a list of gaming journalists that she had allegedly slept with.
After that, Quinn started to receive multiple rape and death threats, and her personal life was made a joke as everything about her was brought online by the hackers. Due to all of these activities going around, she was forced to move out of her house.
At that time, #Gamergate was used to a large extent to troll Quinn and other female journalists.
Quinn revealed how much her life had gone to hell in an interview with Telegraph, where she stated:
I can’t go home because they have been posting around my home address, often with threats attached to it. My dad gets phone calls screaming his daughter’s a whore. They harass him and he’s recovering from a heart attack. I fear for him. The graphic and specific death threats I have received have been terrifying. It’s really just about hurting women, which they have been quite good at. Four women, I think, have withdrawn [from the gaming industry] now saying it’s not worth it.
Now, she wants to leave the past behind and put all of her focus on Crash Override, a website which features different guides that will help other people facing online abuse to tackle them and save themselves.
Nowadays, when everything is online, it is very difficult to stay hidden, but when you become the focal point of all the hackers, then there’s just no coming back from that. Quinn suffered from this situation, but she doesn’t want anyone else to go through it.
She has already started to help people out through her new website, and I am sure that if there’s anyone else who get attacked by the online community in any way, they would seek refuge with Crash Override.