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video 2014-03-31 05:28

Sexual Abuse on YouTube

 

Fantastic video by PotterMosh, summarizing all the events of the YouTube Sexual Abuse scandal, and adding some much needed commentary. Absolutely worth watching and sharing, not to mention to yet again wonder why the "bigger names" on YouTube are staying so pointedly quite. 

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url 2014-03-25 18:30
Youtube Abuse Recovery by TheGeekyBlonde

The BEST video response to recent Youtube/DFTBA sexual abuse scandal [click here and here for details], and it's not by John Green or Hank Green, but rather a 16 year old girl, youtuber and sexual abuse survivor. 

 

What's really interesting is how she points out that the sexism in the Youtube/DFTBA community is systemic, specifically citing how the venue for the "Women on Youtube" panel at VidCon (run by the Green brothers) has been progressively smaller each year. Resulting in last year where the panel was held on the lawn outside of the convention center. 

 

The video is worth your time to watch and will leave you thinking about what community leaders owe to the members of their communities. 

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url 2014-03-19 04:54
Ebury to publish YouTube's Alex Day

This is an old story, from back in December, but from what I've heard he was talking about it online up until the sexual abuse scandal broke.

 

Wonder if Ebury is reconsidering now? 

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url 2014-03-18 06:12
Sexual Abuse, Consent, and Losing Friends by Charlie McDonnell (Charlieissocoollike)

Yet another update in the YouTube Sexual Abuse Scandal. [for more info click here and here.]

 

Charlie McDonnell (aka Charlieissocoollike on YouTube) is was a close friend of Alex Day. He has posted about his reaction and feelings about the situation. While he says he had no knowledge of the abuse, he admits to being aware of Alex's cheating on his girlfriends and takes responsibility for his inaction.

 

 "I didn’t want to spoil mine and Alex’s friendship, or our living situation, and so I let it slide. I never want to be that person again."

I have to say his words leave Hank Green's flippant video in the dust if for no other reason but the statement below.

 

"To those who came forward with the accusations about sexual abuse and manipulation recently, I have a massive amount of respect for you. I can’t imagine the bravery that it must have taken, and I’m glad that some of you found the strength to speak out because of others doing the same. I still do not feel a real sense of closure from all of this, and I’m sure that feeling must be vastly worse for you right now. I really do hope the resolution that you deserve comes soon."

 

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text 2014-03-14 20:26
Don't Forget To Be A Sexual Predator! The YouTube/DFTBA Sexual Abuse Scandal!

[Read an update to this story here.]

 

I'm really surprised that there isn't more discussion or coverage of this issue, especially considering it involves two musicians (Tom Milsom and Alex Day) who are not only famous Youtubers, but were signed to DBFTA records, associated with Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers, aka John Green's brother. But even more disturbing is that at least one of these Youtube celebes (who was 22 at the time) was involved with an underage fan (a 15 year old girl). 


Here is a Daily Dot article that covers some of the issue, though if you want a more comprehensive view of events I recommend this tumblr post by Erika Lynae. Please be warned both posts cover sexual abuse, mental/emotional abuse and rape culture. Erika's post links directly to victims (detailed) first hand accounts of their abuse. 

 

Considering that both the abusers and victims in these incidents are members of the nerdfighter community, as well as YouTubers, I expected the internet would be on fire. Not to mention the implication of John Green, a popular YA author's own connection to the abusers and the fact that he heads the community (nerdfighters) and event (VidCon) where these predators met their victims is HUGE! 

 

We are talking about a living breathing teenage girl who was sexually abused and manipulated by a man entrenched in a community founded by the "savior of Young Adult fiction." 


Why is no one in the YA literary world talking about this? 

 

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