I know, I know, I haven't been writing in some time . But now I am back. And it's with a topic I find very disturbing. Hard to believe, actually, but still true.
I've been a member on the NAC platform nacworld for some time. Read there, wrote there, made new acquaintances and met old ones. But last friday I got a message from someone who also writes(wrote, as we are both banished now) there, stating that she had received a private message on this platform from someone there. Well, nothing wrong with that. Only that the contents of this message were really obscene and disturbing. So she brought this private message to the board's admins notice. As there are really strict regulations on this board regarding the style of communications, she hoped for help. After all, there even is a special protection programme for minors on this board. But not only nothing happened, she even got the reply to just deal as befits a grownup woman. She could always put the assailant on "ignore", so what?
I just couldn't believe this kind of reaction!!! So I wrote a blog(well, two, one in German and one in English) about this incident and on sunday even made a topic of it in the group "NAK im Dialog", asking if this really was what nacworld wanted: protect the attacker but not the victim. Opening doors for sexual harassment while the attacker can publicly keep his pious and faithful face. Openly defending yourself against someone like this is frowned upon, all communications have to be kept strictly respectful, otherwise you get punished or banned. How can a woman be asked to communicate with someone like this respectfully?
Well, she's banned now from the platform, I am as well, everything has been deleted. Questions as to why we are banished go unanswered.
So, if you are a woman, do yourself a favour and don't participate on this NAC official platform nacworld!!! You are not protected there from sexual abuse(and obscene messages ARE abuse).