There are a variety of support services available to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on the Internet. Please keep safety in mind as you are using these resources. Many of the message and discussion boards can be accessed by anyone on the Internet.
Never post your real name or contact information to a chatroom or message board.
It is also best to use a computer that the abuser does not have access to.
For more information, visit our Safety While Using the Internet page.
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Other internet portals, such as AOL and MSN, also allow users to create their own chat rooms. in that they are subscription based, and only allow access to the rooms if the user is a subscriber to the service. The result is software providers who take a "hands-off" approach grant internet users the ability to add and create content to the World Wide Web that opens the door to contributions that range from great to sometimes objectionable, to out-right illegal, and often enlightening.