- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A feminist author and columnist for The Guardian said Wednesday that she’s taking a break from social media after she allegedly received a “rape and death threat” against her 5-year-old daughter.

“This morning I woke up to a rape and death threat directed at my 5 year old daughter. That this is part of my work life is unacceptable,” Jessica Valenti, 37, wrote in a series of tweets, first flagged by Raw Story.

“I am sick of this [expletive deleted]. Sick of saying over and over how scary this is, sick of being told to suck it up,” Ms. Valenti told her 121,000 followers. “I should not have to fear for my kid’s safety because I write about feminism.

“I should not have to wade through horror to get through the day. None of us should have to,” she continued. “I can deal with a lot of things, I’ve taken a lot of abuse over the years. But my child? No.”

Ms. Valenti also slammed law enforcement and social media companies for not taking online threats seriously.

“Law enforcement needs to get their [expletive] together on online threats. Social media companies need to [expletive] do something,” she wrote.

“In the meantime, I’m taking a break from social media. I don’t know how long. I just know that I can’t live like this. It’s too much,” she concluded. “The people who need to know how to reach me. Thanks for all the support. x”

Ms. Valenti’s tweets earned the support of anti-bullying activist Monica Lewinsky.

“I am so sorry you’re going through this. it’s terrible,” Ms. Lewinsky, 43, tweeted.

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