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[WEBINAR] Online Abuse Self-Defense Training

Banner at the top reads: “Election SOS: Training for journalists covering the U.S. 2020 Elections.” Below it, to the left: Viktorya Vilk’s headshot. To the right: “Online Abuse Self-Defense Training. Viktorya Vilk, Program Director for Digital Safety and Free Expression at PEN America, will provide: -An overview of abusive tactics and their impact. -Tools and tips to protect yourself, including tightening your digital security and establishing supportive communities. -Strategies for how to respond, from documenting abuse to blocking, muting and speaking out. When: Sept 23 at 12 pm EDT”

In an increasingly hyperdigital environment, with an election looming amidst a global pandemic, writers and journalists are being bombarded with online abuse—especially those who identify as women, LGBTQIA+, and/or BIPOC. Building on PEN America’s Online Harassment Field Manual, this training equips writers and journalists with practical tools and strategies to defend themselves. We’ll talk about how to prepare, respond, take care of yourself, and support others facing harassment. While there are no easy answers, open conversations about the impact of online abuse and how to fight back can empower writers and journalists to stay online and continue exercising their free expression rights. Co-hosted by PEN America and Hearken.


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Viktorya VilkViktorya Vilk is the program director for digital safety and free expression at PEN America, where she leads initiatives on a range of free expression issues, including developing tools and strategies to empower journalists and newsrooms to defend against online abuse. She has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits to expand access to the arts and defend creative and press freedom.

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