September 30th, 2023 will be the final day of operation for the Games and Online Harassment Hotline. Until then, our services will continue as usual, answering texts and offering support every day from 3-7pm PT. You can still text SUPPORT to 23368 or message us on Whatsapp at any time to get connected.
ReSpec, our accountability space for people who have caused harm, will continue to run even after the close of the Games Hotline. It will still be led by our Hotline Director, Jae Lin, offering nonjudgmental and compassionate support around changing harmful behaviors and committing to an accountable path forward.
Our website will stay up and online, so our guides and resources will continue to be accessible. We’re still working on some new guides, too, and we want to find more ways to publicly share all the knowledge and guidance we’ve built up over the past few years.
- Our newly revamped Digital Safety Guide
- Our Responding to Blackmail guide, which we are consistently updating, as it’s one of the most common topics we get texts about
- Our Online Safety Policy Recommendations for Game Studios
- And our forthcoming guide on hosting safer parties
The work that our community has done to affect change in the games industry and communities made a difference, and all of us at Feminist Frequency and the Games and Online Harassment Hotline are hopeful to see improvements continue to be made. We’ll be taking a more thorough look back at each program’s accomplishments in the forthcoming annual report. If you’re moved to support other values aligned organizations, we recommend learning more about Take This, Interrupting Criminalization, SOIL: a Transformative Justice Project, Vita Activa, and the orgs that make up the Coalition Against Online Violence.
To read our Executive Director, Anita Sarkeesian’s, letter on the decision to close Feminist Frequency and the Games Hotline, find it here.