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They ended up settling for a very small amount – just to make a statement to the bully.

Most of us can’t afford to take those actions on principle alone.

To be sure, some web site administrators are better and quicker at this than others.

Also, please be careful not to retaliate – or do anything that might be perceived by an outsider to have contributed to the problem.

I have spoken to some victims who have consulted with attorneys who want a significant sum of money to get involved, even at a basic level.

I can only imagine how frustrating this is after experiencing emotional and psychological suffering – and then realizing that you can’t afford to get legal help.

Another problem associated with pursuing a bully through civil action is that, even if you are successful and a judge or jury rules in your favor, it can be difficult to determine an appropriate damage amount.

I served as an expert witness in a cyberbullying case in the summer of 2008.

And while I don’t know the actual amount, I am sure their legal bills were in the tens of thousands of dollars.In sum, it can be difficult to hold bullies accountable for their actions (for both adolescents and adults).In a country such as ours that values free speech so highly, many people genuinely believe they can say whatever they want, to whomever they want.We know that is not true, but it isn’t clear where exactly the line is.And just because we *can* say certain things, doesn’t mean we should.