A serious problem with deadly consequences
Bullying poses a threat to children, adults and businesses. Children have no means of escape from bullies who use social media as their medium, and Jon has realized that bullying does not simply stop at the age of eighteen. Many adults face harassment and risk serious harm to reputation and loss of employment at the hands of their cyber-harassers. Women between the ages of 18 to 29 are the most harassed demographic and currently have little to no legal recourse.
Last year, Jon authored Grace’s Law, a bill to protect children from online bullying, with support from the mother of Grace McComas, a teenager who took her own life as a result of repeated cyberbullying. Grace’s Law is now the toughest anti-bullying legislation in the country. This past session, Jon has sponsored several bills including legislation to provide students with better means to report bullying, to expand cyberbullying protections to adult victims, and to protect small business from litigious patent trolls.