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The Death Of Porn Star August Ames: How Cyberbullying Led To Suicide [Video]

Adult film star August Ames was found dead by suicide in December 2017, mere days after she tweeted about not wanting to perform with male porn stars who also do gay porn. Her vehement hesitance to work with “crossover” talent was met with stringent accusations she was homophobic.

According to Newsweek, her husband Kevin Moore was convinced that it was this flood of internet bullying and cyberstalking that pushed Ames over the brink. His perspective on the matter was published on Ames’ website and announced in a tweet from her account as “the truth.”

In the years following her untimely death, this narrative has been solidified as, well, “the truth.” Investigative journalist and author Jon Ronson, however, has uncovered a litany of facts that likely contributed to her suicide that were largely left out and overlooked in the wake of her passing.

Ronson’s podcast series, The Final Days of August, is molded in the vein …

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OurHerd powered by batyr - Good Design [Video]

Traditionally, social media platforms can be a toxic environment flooded with harmful and triggering content, as well as intentionally provocative or offensive messages. OurHerd is designed to first and foremost honour the safety of its users.Users are given control over the information they choose to share, including the option to remain anonymous. All stories that are submitted to the app are reviewed before they go live on the platform to ensure that they meet industry best practice for safe storytelling when dealing with such sensitive topics.The story creation workflow is designed to provide our users guidance at every step of the way in crafting their unique story, with tips on structure and language to articulate their story, whilst maintaining the importance of self-care throughout the process. The overarching goal is for the stories shared to have a positive impact for all users of OurHerd.If at any time a user requires direct support, they can tap on the 'lifesaver ring' which presents them with immediate access to a network of service providers nationally (Aus) and internationally. These help options are available in a range of different contact options e.g. text, call, online chat and online forums.