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Charlotte Dawson in hospital after vicious Twitter attack

Posted by: Ellen Feely & Michael James | 30 August, 2012 - 12:30 PM
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TV host and former model Charlotte Dawson is in hospital after she was again viciously targeted by Twitter trolls.

A spokesperson for St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney told News Limited that Ms Dawson was expected to make a full recovery.

"She has asked that her privacy be respected," he said. "She is sitting up in bed and she's in good hands."

Police were called to an inner-city Sydney premises early this morning, with an Ambulance Spokesperson also confirmed they responded to a call at 3:05am for assistance.

Ms Dawson tweeted just after 2:00am this morning: “Hope this ends the misery ..” and “You win x”.

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A screenshot of @MsCharlotteD’s Twitter feed.

A spokeswoman for Charlotte Dawson’s management told News Limited she was in hospital and okay.

Charlotte Dawson spoke with Peter Maher last night to explain how she became the centre of a vicious hate campaign on the social media site.

"If you publish on a public forum and you become identifiable then you become liable for those comments,” she said.

”When it comes to suicide and taunting people, and encouraging people to commit suicide. I find that's crossing a line and that's why I took the action that I took.

”I want the trolls to know that you can't hide.”

Former Victoria Police officer and cyber safety advisor Susan McLean described the abuse being hurled at Ms Dawson as "diabolically bad."

LISTEN: Susan McLean speaks with Peter Maher

"It's clear people were just setting up accounts with the intention of just making one nasty tweet and then moving on," she told Peter Maher.

"It's a sad indictment on society that these people believe this is an acceptable way to behave.

"It's not just kids being attacked, it's adults as well and the results can be absolutely devastating no matter who you are."

Earlier this week Ms Dawson took particular offence to one Twitter 'troll’ who directed her and one of her followers to ‘go hang yourself’.

Ms Dawson discovered personal details of the user, revealing her to be an employee of Monash University. She reported the series of offensive tweets to the University, who subsequently suspended the user from working.

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed. For help or information visit beyondblue.org.au, call Suicide Helpline Victoria on 1300 651 251, or Lifeline on 131 114.

LISTEN: Charlotte Dawson on Drive with Peter Maher last night:

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Gillard cops worse on a daily basis from talk back radio, she just smiles and gets on with it, harden up Charlotte

    Pete Monday 3 September, 2012 - 9:20 AM
  • James you are quick to judge when someone forms their own opinion you personally insult them quite mean.'

    poptart Sunday 2 September, 2012 - 8:26 PM
  • Tone you condemned me for my simple little comment about me being concerned for the really sick you are certainly far from being nice think about THAT.

    mandy Friday 31 August, 2012 - 8:00 PM
  • James you are the one that's ignorant I said absolutely nothing about what you have mentioned so don't say I did. You know nothing about what I've been through so don't judge me and that goes for the rest of you I have every right to make a comment I see you are.

    mandy Friday 31 August, 2012 - 7:38 PM
  • Oh no I'm being bullied by bloggers quick take me to hospital I don't even twitter you pack of twits.

    mandy Friday 31 August, 2012 - 5:20 PM
  • Charlotte Dawson is a a shining light, and an inspiration for many Aussie woman. Hope she has a speedy recovery and can look past this nasty pointless social media crap xxx

    Billie Friday 31 August, 2012 - 3:03 PM

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