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Re: [tor-talk] How does Tor help abuse victims?

On 2014-10-01 13:20, Sebastian G. <bastik.tor> wrote:
I appear to lack imagination on how Tor helps abuse victims. Since some
of you are involved with some organizations working in that field, I
hope you give some insight.

Personally I see no benefit in using Tor from the point of view of an
abuse victim. Beside the properties why anyone could use Tor.

Tor is a tool in a toolbox full of options. It alone isn't going to solve all the problems experienced by a victim. Tor Browser, Tails, and Whonix do provide relief from the constant surveillance experienced by victims. They are tools which give back to a victim a small slice of control over their lives. It helps them feel safe for a period of time, when otherwise there are only risks, dangers, and threats.

When working with victims of abuse, the understanding and demystifying of technology is a big help. Helping someone understand how they are being controlled through technology is a huge confidence builder. Helping the person understand how their abuser is using technology makes the other seem far less omnipotent and powerful.

Abuse is about power and control. Anything which can return some power and control to the victim does help in immeasurable ways.

After the victim feels safe, then we can talk about ways to safely communicate with others, such through OTR-enabled chat, Tor Browser to visit survivor forums safely, and other means of safely using the Internet.

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