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Rutger’s Suicide Victim Parents Opens The Tyler Clementi Foundation To Stop Online Bullying

A little over a year ago 18-year-old Tyler Clementi commited suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge after finding out that a sexual liaison between him  and another man was secretly filmed on webcam and then webcast by his Rutger’s University roomate.

Tyler’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, faces 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in state prison

Now 14 months after their son’s death, Joe and Jane Clementi  have decided to grant interviews in an effort to promote The Tyler Clementi Foundation, which they have launched in their son’s honor. 

The Foundation’s Mission Statement and goals are simple yet so important.

Mission Statement:
To raise awareness of the issues surrounding and support organizations concerned with suicide prevention, acceptance of LGBT teens, and education against internet cyber bullying.

1. To promote acceptance of LGBT teens and others marginalized by society.
2. Provide education against all forms of bullying including cyber bullying over the internet.
3. Promote research and development into the causes and prevention of teenage suicide.

“It wouldn’t be fair to Tyler’s memory to let this slide,” Jane told People. “Something good has to come out of this terrible situation.”

You can check out the Tyler Clementi Foundation website by Clicking HERE


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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