CCRA partners with Stand for the Silent


CCRA and Stand for the Silent held a partnership meeting last Thursday, to discuss how the two organizations could assist each other for October’s Cyber Bullying Awareness Month. Both organizations agreed that this partnership was an exciting movement for each other.

CCRA administration stated that the main reason for their respect in this partnership was due to additional resources now available. “We now have a place to refer victims to, where they can talk about their issues, such as bullying and depression” said Stephen Bernardoni, Vice Executive. “Mr. Smalley was also happy that his organization now has resources for those who need assistance with finding hidden suspects involved in their situation.”

As the partnership progresses, both organizations will promote one another in October and attempt to spread awareness about one another’s services and abilities.

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CCRA prepares to kick off #standing4them campaign

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CCRA’s campaign for Cyber Bullying Awareness Month in October will be #standing4them. This campaign is intended to reach not only the online community, but the world as a whole in taking a stand with the current and past victims of online bullying. Many states, including Texas, have already made it against the law to cyberbully and cyberstalk others.

There are many ways that anyone can help in this campaign! Simply spreading the word, that cyber bullying is a huge problem in our society is the first step. Second, stand up for those you see victimized online! If you don’t feel like getting involved, let someone know, such as a police officer, teacher, preacher, or friend. Finally, donating to organizations that provide education is a tremendous help. Never be afraid to speak your story and mind.

October 1, 2017 will be day one of our anti bullying campaign. We of course always encourage the stand against bullying of all forms, no matter the location or time.

Contact us today to find other ways to get involved!

The Importance of Your Child’s Phone

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Whatever, mom!

Let’s face it. Cell phones won’t become less popular for teenagers any time soon. Why? Because of communication and entertainment at the touch of a button! Every year, parents purchase cellular devices for their children at an even younger age than the year before. Have you ever seen a 13 year old with a cell phone? So have we.

With the communication and entertainment so readily available, it’s easy for teenagers to fall victim to scams, online predators and even online bullying. What are the chances of you seeing the events unfold? Slim to none. Teenagers today like to think of themselves as a generation that can protect themselves without the help of mom or dad. Are teenagers capable of defending themselves? Of course! But when it comes to situations regarding online predators and scams particularly, they might need that “extra hand”.

I care very much for my child; they always believe I’m spying.

As a parent, you care for the protection and reputation of your child. We’ve all seen in TV shows or movies, where teenagers are so scared and defensive to allow their parents access to their phones. It doesn’t always mean they don’t trust their parents; it’s more of a “privacy” concern of theirs. Although it’s tough to convince your child that “mother knows best”, it’s always best to explain to them why you desire to monitor them; reason being, because you care and want to prevent issues before they become a tragedy.

I normally read my child’s text messages while they sleep.

Sneaking around your child and adding spy devices won’t make the situation any better. If your child finds out you’ve installed such software, expect the rage and fight. GPS tracking is of course something you should consider discussing with your child. Explain to them that it’s nothing to do with invading their privacy and that you’d like to know where they are, should they go missing. Explain to them that many children go missing, who wish they’d have that GPS locator on them.

I’m the parent and my child will do as I say, regardless of what they want!

You have to understand that even though they are yours and shall do what you ask, forcing such things as spy devices, snooping their phone while they sleep and secretly installing GPS will only make them hide the truth. Your ultimate goal is to establish a safety relationship with your child. Talk with your child about how important safety is, the large number of predators at large and the consequences of hiding such things. If you see a news broadcast related to kidnappings, missing children, online bullying resulting in suicide and anything else that could be related back to a phone, ask them to sit with you and watch the program without their phone.

I’ve already tried speaking with them about trusting me with their phone. They end up hiding everything from me.

If you’ve caught your child hiding a safety issue, you of course have the authority to disconnect that phone from them. A lot of parents threaten to cut off services, but leave them with the phone. That does not always solve or prevent the issues. With WIFI being readily available in almost every coffee shop, mall, business, park and home, there’s always the possibility of them connecting and returning to where they left off. If safety concerns have been an issue in the past or currently are, take their phone away until they understand the consequences of hiding safety issues. Make sure of course you have a direct number to their friend, the parents of that friend and the local police department. Have them check in with you every hour or two and if they don’t make contact yourself.

With all of the crazies out there, you can’t take the chance and neither can your child. If they don’t understand the full risks, it might not be time for that cell phone privilege.

A Survivor’s Story: Blain’s Story

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Be careful with your choices; you don’t know who you can trust anymore.

2012 was my freshman year, which I thought would be a great year, especially being my first year of high school. I had met a guy who I thought was really cute and we started talking. Eventually after talking for about a month, he asked me for a nude, which later down the road I ended up completely regretting.

I never realized until it was too late that he really wasn’t that interested in me and that he was joking about the whole relationship with me. I found out a week after sending the picture that he sent it to most of his friends, including a girl, who I didn’t even know, who continued sending the photo around herself.

The photo eventually ended up with mostly everyone at school, including teachers; in their school email accounts to be exact. Once it got to the teachers, the school contacted my mother, who said we’d have to deal with the consequences, once they started. I couldn’t believe how bad it got, to the point where I started cutting because of my emotions. Nasty names, such as “slut” and “easy” were used by everyone to describe me. I tried going up to the people I knew who had the photo, asking if they’d delete it, but they never did.

I never thought it’d end.

Quite frankly I wanted to end my life. One night, after thinking about everything that already happened and dreading the future, I decided I’d commit suicide. I grabbed one of my belts, wrapped it around my neck and buckled it to the point where I couldn’t breathe. I figured it’d all be over with until my sister came in the room, freaked out when she saw what was happening and pulled the belt off my neck.

Police were eventually involved, who spoke to the guy who asked for the picture. They told him he could go to juvenile detention or delete the photo from his phone, but at that time it was too late. The photo had already gotten out and he could have easily asked someone for it back, which I’m sure he did. To make matters worse, Child Protective Services was involved, who questioned my mother about the incident, stating she was unfit to be a mother, since the incident occurred. I had to lie to CPS when they asked if my mother already knew, because I was fearful that I’d be taken away from her.

Eventually, freshman year ended, but the names, bad reputation and memories did not. I went through my sophomore and junior year, still experiencing the harassment and depression from what the guy did to me, along with my bad actions. I wondered all of those years why it all had to happen.

To my surprise, my senior year went better than the last three years. I didn’t even end up dealing with any name-calling, rumors, drama or the past photo going around again. I suppose it was a second chance, which most people never get. I took that chance, knowing better this time and was so relieved that I could complete high school, not having the worst reputation. Be careful with your choices; you don’t know who you can trust anymore.

Cyber Bullying Stories to Come in June 2016


Each month is an important month, but June 2016 plans to be an important month for Cyber Crime Response Agency, especially for those who were victims of cyber bullying attacks in their past.

The agency plans to conduct interview stories for those victims, by collecting the details and full stories of those who were maliciously attacked in their past online. Stories will include all situations, both on cellular device and social media.

“It’s important that we make these stories public, especially for the victims who are now survivors, who wish to have their voice heard and bring awareness to these current and past issues.” said Executive Director Matthew Baumgartner. “It’s just a shame that we have a large number of victims who couldn’t make it to the point of being a survivor.” he continued.

Stories will come from all genders and all ages. They will range from your minor issues of name calling, to the situations of where suicide was even thought to have been an option for these survivors.

If you have a personal story you’d like to be heard, email your detailed full story to sbernardoni@ccra.agency.

Hazards of Sharing Sexual Images

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We’ve all heard the stories, whether it came from a friend in school or maybe even a work colleague. Someone did it again – they shared a sexual image with someone who they had an attraction with. Seems like a harmless act, that many people would do to someone they like. Wrong! That image just ended up on a revenge pornography site and on multiple cell phones, as a text message.

Now it seems as if the pictured person’s life is ending, minute by minute. With many text messages being sent to the pictured party, their stress level has just shot up, like a cannon ball launching in a battle. What all can this person do to stop it? The answer is simple – not much.

Believe it or not, many cruel individuals create websites, devoted strictly to ruining the reputations of others; even those who the website owners don’t personally know. Take for instance the website You Got Posted, which was created by Kevin Bollaert. Luckily, law enforcement and lawyers were able to obtain enough evidence and place him as the main suspect in the website creation, resulting in his arrest. The website has been shut down since the arrest, however many servers still hold data that was once on the live webpage.

Although many individuals feel great about sending private photos of themselves to people who they are attracted to, this act normally always comes with a negative consequence: photo sharing. Do you think the person you sent this image to is most likely going to keep it for themselves? Absolutely not. In many surveys, individuals admitted to sending sexual images they received to their friends and colleagues. To make matters worse, those parties who received the images also sent them to additional friends and co-workers. Now that one image sent has turned into 30 copies!

What’s the best way to prevent private images from being distributed? Simple; by not sending them at all! What’s the best way to maintain  a positive reputation? Simple; by not sending private images. Many people feel their friends and lovers can be trusted, however, we can’t see into the minds of others, so we have no idea what their next move is, in fact, most who sent their images to others, didn’t even expect their photos to end up distributed. They were left with not only a helpless feeling, but a feeling of betrayal.

The Cyber Crime Response Agency recommends that no image should be taken, which is considered provocative, sexual in nature or unprofessional. Sure, you might not be sending it out to many folks, or any at all, but that doesn’t mean your device cannot be hacked, resulting in the hacker obtaining those images! The best practice regarding images is to not take any photos you wouldn’t want your family to see. Think before you send! Once you send something, you can never take it back!