Society should not tolerate those who exploit tragedies and prey on the victims of violent crimes. Americans who’ve lost their loved ones should be allowed to grieve in peace without being harassed, exploited or subjected to online defamation. Unfortunately, the publicity surrounding most high-profile tragedies makes these vulnerable people ideal targets for this kind of persecution.
In the wake of recent mass murders such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Parkland MSD, and the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Hoaxers have descended upon the bereaved like vultures, accusing them of being actors in elaborately staged government plots to deceive the public.
Then there are the emotionally disturbed and mentally ill individuals who are easily provoked by the false information spread by conspiracy theorists. They target the surviving family members and stalk them relentlessly, issuing actual threats and often telling the victims that their loved ones didn’t die—or worse yet—never existed.
Fortunately, U.S. laws exist that hold accountable those who libel, slander or otherwise defame. Other laws levy severe penalties against those who stalk, harass and intimidate, both online and in person. Of course, filing this kind of legal action requires competent representation, and this comes at a cost. Please help us in our mission to stop this concerted effort to besmirch the memory of the slain and prolong the anguish and suffering of those they left behind. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.