The wonderful outpouring of support and friendship for Adalia over the past six months has been overwhelming, and makes our sweet Adalia so happy. We all know that she truly is a blessed little girl. Support comes from people all over the world who heard her story, saw her beauty, and witnessed her courage.
Of course, in our world of balance, all love must come with hate. Many dear friends have seen my daughter take abuse from angry and scared individuals across the internet. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE SHIELD ADALIA FROM THESE MESSAGES, AND ONLY SHARE THE LOVE WITH HER.
However, for the people closest to her, the senseless negativity is hard to ignore.
As hard as I try, I don’t think I will ever understand why people do, say and create such hateful messages. It simply doesn’t make sense. These people are attacking the person I love with all my heart because she is different. There must be a way we can help put an end to Cyberbullying, and I think we’ve found a place to start.
Mary Anne Hornbeck started a petition on CHANGE.ORG with the goal of stopping hate speech on Facebook.
It is part of Facebook’s policies and standards that hateful messages directed toward a person with a disease or disability will not be tolerated. However, despite reports from thousands of Facebook members, the negative pages, posts, and comments remain. Adalia deserves better. We need Facebook to uphold its own policies at the very least, if we want to put a stop to online hate.
This problem is not Adalia’s alone. I have heard, and since confirmed, that over ONE THIRD of all young people are victims of Cyberbullying. This is a growing epidemic, and with your assistance we can help find the cure.
Please click here to visit the Facebook: Uphold Policies & Standards Concerning Hate Speech petition on CHANGE.ORG.I know our network can get the requested ONE MILLION signatures.
Together we can put an end to Cyberbullying on Facebook.