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Author: Jenni Ryall
Game reviewer received rape threats from boys, contacted their mothers
The 21-year-old journalist Alanah Pearce normally reviews video games for local radio stations and television in Brisbane, Queensland. Pearce is using a method not tested before, but appears to be having some luck. "Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I've started telling their mothers," she tweeted with a photo of the correspondence on Nov. 28. Pearce wrote to one mother, who she contacted via Facebook: "Hi Anna, I don't know you, but I was wondering if [blanked] is your son? I have never spoken to him before, but he sent me a concerning message to my public Facebook page today that I was wondering if you might be interested in discussing with him." "A while ago, I realised that a lot of the people who send disgusting or overly sexual comments to me over the internet aren't adult males," Pearce told The Guardian. She then looked through the personal Facebook accounts of the trolls, and it wasn't difficult to see who the boys' mothers were. Pearce has been fighting the sick gamer trolls for a while now, back in 2013 she catalogued every time a person made a sexist comment towards her in an article '30 Days of Sexism'. "It's demoralising, it's discouraging, it takes the work you're proud of and tells you it's worth absolutely nothing more than the sexual value that is tied to your gender," Pearce wrote at the time.

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