In season 1 episode 3 of The Bold Type, 'The Woman Behind The Clothes', Kat became the victim of social media trolls. Sadly, Kat's experience is hardly an anomaly. Let's take another look at Kat's battle with online abuse with our recap below.
It all started after Kat published an article highlighting the effects that VR technology can have on women.
When one of her interns was sick after using a VR headset, Kat called the company to investigate. She found out that women are more likely to get motion sick from VR, particularly when they are menstruating. So, Kat decided to raise this issue with the VR industry by publishing an article titled, ‘Hey VR Bros, Don’t Forget The Female Gaze.’
However, Kat soon began to receive a lot of online abuse in response to her article.
Sadly they didn't get bored.
Threats like the ones Kat received should absolutely be taken seriously.
But the abuse took its toll on her after one troll shared a nude photo of her.
The Kat we know and love is confident and self-assured, but this violation of her privacy completely tore her apart.
Kat then decided to take matters into her own hands.
Despite warnings from Jane and Sutton, she decided to respond to one of the trolls. Unfortunately it just added fuel to the fire...
Things got even worse when one of the trolls posted Kat's home address.
Sadly, things like this do actually happen. It's scary, and wrong.
Thankfully, Jacqueline gave her some words of wisdom.
She encouraged Kat to rise above the trolls, and not lower herself to their level.
And Kat found some comfort in a positive tweet.
For every negative person on social media, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of kind and inspiring people who make the Internet a better place.
Kat was then inspired to fight back in a smarter way.
Kat created a campaign to encourage people to #TypeWithKindness. With the anonymity of the Internet, too often people forget the affect their messages can have on others. Kat's campaign reminds us all to keep our social media presence positive.
#TypeWithKindness is just one way to #ChooseKindness
It’s important to stand up for yourself – and for what you believe in. If you're inspired by Kat and you’re looking to make an impact this summer, we can help. Visit www.Freeform.com/BeInspired for volunteer tips & inspiration. Plus, if you know a young person between the ages of 5 and 18 with an idea to make a difference, he or she can apply for a $500 Summer of Service grant at www.YSA.org/BeInspired. Be Inspired – it’s the #SummerOfService!
Spread the word, it's time to #ChooseKindness.
And watch the latest episodes of The Bold Type here on Freeform.