On 10 October 2012 the Canadian teenager Amanda Todd committed suicide after years of cyber-bullying and harassment. Judith Bruhn describes a shocking case.
At the age of 12 Amanda Todd logged onto a webcam site where she met a 30-year-old man who flattered her until she revealed her breasts. The man took a photo of her breasts and circulated it among the girl’s friends, family, school and neighbours. The man continued to stalk and harass her despite her changing schools and moving house. Other pupils in her school bullied and assaulted her as a result. Amanda developed panic attacks, started self-harming and tried to commit suicide several times during those years. On 7 September 2012, Amanda, now aged 15, posted a 9-minute video on YouTube, using flash cards to tell her story of being stalked, bullied and assaulted. On 10 October of the same year, she committed suicide.