Recently, Michelle Chapman, a British woman, was jailed for sending herself thousands of abusive messages. This included messages of a “very unpleasant sexual nature”. Chapman did that to make it look like her father and stepmother were responsible because she wanted to make their lives hell.
Chapman is the first woman to be prosecuted for faking online harassment against themselves. However, it’s guaranteed that she won’t be the last. It’s a safe bet that women like Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn have sent death threats to themselves, and the prosecution of Chapman proves that it is a real thing.
The worst part about this story is how there are people falling on their swords to not blame Chapman for her actions. In an incredible display of white knightism, Chapman’s husband said, “She is the victim, she has mental health issues and it was a cry for help. She has not had the help she needs. This is what you do when you’re in desperate, desperate need of help – you scream out.” After Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn are exposed as committing the same fraud as Chapman, they will use the mental illness defense too.