The testimonies are communicated by the authors in their own name. They do not constitute an opinion of the European Commission nor endorsement by the European Commission.

I have been a journalist for 10 years now: as a woman and a writer, I experienced both cyberbullying and sexism. I support #DigitalRespect4Her and initiatives like Prenons la Une and Le Groupe F in France. I want to give women a safer Internet: a place where they can be themselves and be proud of it.

Born in 1985, Lucile Bellan is a freelance journalist. Since 2014, she has been writing a weekly column named C’est Compliqué (It's complicated) on – it is now also a podcast and a book.

Further message: If you feel unsafe on any social media, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It's true there are toxic people out there, but there are also some wonderful and kind strangers who are ready to help, protect and support you too.