Tick and Kate Everett welcome Dolly’s Law in NSW
Tick and Kate Everett, the parents of Amy “Dolly” Everett, who took her life this year after sustained bullying, have welcomed new laws facing perpetrators of cyber bullying passed by NSW government.
The amendments to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act will be known as “Dolly’s Law”. Those found guilty of breaking Dolly’s Law now face up to five years’ prison time.
Tick and Kate, who advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children through Dolly’s Dream, said they were pleased that NSW has strengthened the penalties associated with this behaviour.
“‘Dolly’s Law’ is an important signal to everyone using technology,” Tick said.
“Dolly’s Dream works to prevent cyberbullying and to educate children and parents about the serious harm it can do. Perpetrators need to know that there are penalties, as well as consequences, of cyberbullying.”
Dolly’s Law covers sending abusive emails, posting threatening or hurtful messages, photos or videos online or repeatedly sending unwanted messages. It also provides a basis for victims of cyberbullying to seek apprehended violence orders.
“No parent should have to go through this devastating experience,” Tick said.
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