For MarieClaire.com\u2019s Women Bylines series (a partnership with Gucci\u2019s CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign), we documented the\u2014somewhat risky\u2014reality facing French women when they voice their opinion on the Internet. \u201c\u2018Whore,\u2019 \u2018journa-bitch,\u2019 \u2018tart,\u2019 \u2018go die\u2019\u2014all of these insults are for me,\u201d says Ana\u00efs Condomines, a journalist in Paris and the subject of the film Cyber Bullied: Tales of Impunity 2.0. \u201cI\u2019m regularly insulted and harassed on social media. I write about feminism and women\u2019s rights. It\u2019s a gold mine for harassers.\u201d Last year, Ana\u00efs Condomines published a story about a video game forum in which members lead anti-feminist raids and insult women for being too active online. When the piece ran, she was inundated with abusive comments and tweets (including death and rape threats) and her email was hacked. \u201cThis happens every day to female internet users.\u201dWhile men are not immune to online harassment\u2014nor are they singlehandedly doing the bullying\u2014online attacks are clearly a gendered issue. Two-thirds of women journalists worldwide have been the victims of harassment, according to a report by the International Women\u2019s Media Foundation (IWMF). A quarter of this harassment takes place online. Men are primarily targeted for their opinions, but women are targeted for their gender and appearance. This abuse often takes the form of threats of sexual violence and extends to members of their families. \u201cI receive death threats and rape threats, threats to go kill my family. There\u2019s not much I can do on the internet anymore without being attacked,\u201d says Marion Seclin, another woman featured in the film, who received an onslaught of digital attacks after creating a video denouncing street harassment. \u201cA man made a video saying how stupid I was and asked people to lash out at me. There were waves of hatred. It became a war.\u201dAmerican women are just as vulnerable to the internet\u2019s toxicity\u2014particularly in this volatile political climate. In fact, 26 percent of U.S. women ages 18 to 24 have been stalked online and 25 percent have been the target of sexual harassment online, according to a Pew Research Center Survey.Lindy West, a writer in the U.S. who focuses on feminist issues and body shaming, has spoken openly about the online abuse she\u2019s endured. \u201cThe worst incident ... was a man made a Twitter profile pretending to be my father who had recently passed away,\u201d she told Terry Gross, the host of National Public Radio's show Fresh Air. \u201cHe had his picture and was sending me really abusive messages and his bio said, \u2018Embarrassed father of an idiot.\u2019 I later had copycats of that guy. So I had more accounts pretending to be my dad, telling me he was ashamed that I had written about having an abortion.\u201d West deleted her Twitter account in early 2017. Laurie*, a journalist in New York who reports on abortion rights, received severe backlash after sharing a story about clinic workers. \u201cA guy found me on Facebook to call me a feminist bitch who needed to be f***ed harder.\u201d It might be easy to downplay one or two nasty remarks, but the cumulative effect of harassment (online or off) is traumatizing.So what happens when you can\u2019t take it anymore? A troubling consequence of this ongoing abuse is that women are apt to remove themselves from the public conversation (out of fear, anger, or just plain exhaustion). Put simply, trolling is a systematic silencing mechanism. \u201cA lot of women have stopped speaking,\u201d says Lauren, another female reporter interviewed for the film. \u201cBut if we all stop, who is going to speak for us?\u201d*Name has been changed.