Pro Skier Fights Back Against Internet Troll

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS (ABC4 Utah News) -A well-known professional ski mountaineer from Utah is turning the tables on an Internet troll.

Caroline Gleich has been on the cover of Powder Magazine and she’s climbed and skied some of the scariest mountain terrain on the planet but she wasn’t prepared for the comments that someone started posting on her Instagram and Facebook pages 3 years ago.

“The first couple of ones were sexual in nature,” Gleich told ABC4 Utah News Wednesday. “Then it kind of morphed into a thing that they were harassing me because they thought I didn’t have a job and I didn’t to work for a living because I make my living the way that I do as a professional athlete…Then they really crossed the line when they stated how they will celebrate my death and it wasn’t necessarily that they were threatening to kill me but they said ‘When you end up like Liz’. Liz is a mountain partner that I lost two years ago, ‘We’re going to have a huge party’.”

Caroline says that person used numerous accounts to post the jabs and crossed the line when they they left disturbing messages on her voicemail.

“I decided to take some of the comments, the worst ones I’ve received and published them on my Facebook page and call the person out by their account name and try to figure out who it was,” Gleich said. “In doing that I was able to kind of own that and it was no longer this hidden shameful thing.”

Becky Brown of Valley Behavioral Health, says the effects can take a toll.

“The mental and emotional effects on recipients of Internet trolling and cyber bullying, it can really impact the mental health, depression, self-esteem,” Brown said.

“It’s something that you’re expected to be silent about, delete, block the person and move on with your life,” Gleich said. “But the effects over the years, it changes your personality and I don’t like the person it made me into…I want to change that around, create a more positive outcome and also just create an example so other people know that they don’t have to be silent and they can talk about it.”

Caroline has been working with a police officer and an attorney to get criminal charges filed against this person. She told ABC4 she’d also like to lobby the state legislature for stronger laws to help victims of online harassment. 
 

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