Nicole Fox Fenlon from Dublin died by suicide in January after years of cyberbullying. And of course being female, the harassment was sexualized with fake photos. Afraid of retaliation, she refused to report it.
There is evidence on Nicole’s phone, but the police will do nothing. When her mother went to the police, she was told it was perfectly legal. Ireland’s laws had never been updated for the computer age.
According to Nicole’s mother, Jackie Fox:
“She was told ‘to go die, we’re going to put you on life support machines, we’re going to kill you, we’re going to beat you up’…It’s not an offence in Ireland. It is in loads of other countries but it’s not an offence in Ireland to threaten someone’s life on social media.”
Nicoles’ mother has started lobbying for legislation against online harassment. She calls it “Coco’s law”, after the family nickname for Nicole.