PSA sheds light on cyberbullying of women sports journalists (Video)

WASHINGTON — A new public service announcement is shedding light on cyberbullying directed at women sports journalists.

In the announcement, men read comments made about sports reporters Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro as they sit in the room. Some of the comments are so hateful, the men struggle to say them out loud.

The message, which comes from Just Not Sports, aims to make sports fans aware of the hatred women sports journalists face online.

“In reading the statements out loud to women journalists, guys are forced to experience, sometimes for the first time, the shocking online harassment happening to women in sports day in, day out,” Just Not Sports wrote in a blog post about the announcement. “It serves as proof most sports fans would NEVER say these things to another person — so we shouldn’t type this garbage, either.”

Watch the video below. Editor’s note: the video contains language some may consider graphic.

People are encouraged to share the video with hashtag #MoreThanMean to raise awareness about online harassment of women sports reporters.

Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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