If you haven't heard, there have been some really troubling stories about manipulative and even possibly abusive relationships between online creators and their fans.

While that situation certainly spurred me to make this video, I also think a video like this is long overdo. We're excited to be facing these problems head-on, because the only way out is through.

Thanks to our task force for helping me edit this video and make sure I wasn't too clumsy with the work, especially to Sahitya.

Here are some resources put together by the task force:

If someone is pressuring you:

Types of assault:

Find a local crisis center:

Online hotline:

International resources:

Emotional abuse:

"Digital" abuse:

Warning signs of an abusive relationship:



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Tags: abuse, assault, coercion, consent, culture, rape, sexual, youtube


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Comment by Roy Uriah Smith on July 27, 2014 at 5:23pm

This is actually a great point, and I feel the need to thank Vlogbrothers for posting this video and making this something that we need to stay vigilant of. If you see abuse happening (Bullying, Physical, Emotional, etc.) and you don't feel comfortable confronting the abuser, talk to somebody you know who can confront them and keep the situation calm whether it be a trusted adult, or just a friend/coworker(In the work place)/family member who knows how to handle these things.

Comment by serenity on April 23, 2014 at 7:44pm

kudos on this new nerdfighter initiative!!

Comment by Rex on April 21, 2014 at 3:56pm

Dude that's why I'm here-- I want to help! As a victim of sexual abuse, I'd really like to help in any way I can!

Comment by Megan Malacaria on April 1, 2014 at 7:03am

It seems a few of us had the same idea! I actually work in the field of sexual assault prevention and response and was hoping to be of some assistance!

Comment by Sally on March 21, 2014 at 1:27pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH for making this video, Hank. People get so lost and confused in this topic, that it's great to approach the topic in such an organized and instructive way. Props!

Comment by Shireen Noble on March 19, 2014 at 6:13am

I'm wondering the same thing as Alexandra- I actually (finally!) joined the community to ask how I could get involved. I love the idea of taking this kind of platform to send messages about healthy relationships and how to get help if you're in this kind of situation. I know in the video you said that you were going to be working with nerdfighters, and hopefully you have room for two more?

Comment by Alexandra on March 15, 2014 at 10:40am

I think it is awesome the vlogbrothers are taking this issue so seriously. Is there a way to get more involved?

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