Erin Molan praised for bravery after teary interview

 

Erin Molan has been praised for her bravery after a raw and tearful interview about the toll online bullying has had on her mental health.

The sports presenter broke down while speaking to 60 Minutes about the horrific messages she had received on social media.

In one vile message, a troll said they hoped Molan gave birth to a stillborn and "died in the process."

Molan broke down while detailing her ordeal with bullies.
Molan broke down while detailing her ordeal with bullies.

She said the sickening message "really hurt" and took her to some "pretty dark places" - particularly given what had happened to her sister.

"I have an older sister who had a stillbirth, carried a beautiful little girl to full term, Emily. And to watch her bury her child and stand up with a little coffin and say, mummy loves you and she's so sorry.

"To sit there and watch my sister go through that, meant that my pregnancy was fairly anxious throughout. So to start to receive messages of that nature, really impacted me."

The extent of abuse sent to Molan culminated in a terrifying 2am encounter which "sent her over the edge".

"We were lying in bed and we're asleep, it was like 1am or 2am and it sounded like someone had, like a window smashed. It was a big massive smash and I thought he was going to try and do what he was saying he was going to do to my baby," she said.

Erin Molan with her daughter Eliza. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Erin Molan with her daughter Eliza. Picture: Jonathan Ng

The harrowing evening prompted her to head to the police station and report the troll.

60 Minutes reported that the man behind the campaign targeting Molan, himself a father of young girls, was eventually charged by police and received a suspended sentence.

Molan was praised by politicians and other television presenters on social media for her honest interview.

"Terrible it comes to this, good on you Erin Molan - trolls hiding behind keyboards and avatars would never have the courage to push themselves of sacrifice as much to achieve what you have," NSW Labor MP Jihad Dib tweeted.

Fellow broadcasters Georgia Love and Lucy Zelic praised Molan for speaking out against trolls.

"This is one of the most important issues of our time and I cannot commend your bravery or thank you enough for putting your names and voices to trying to change it," Love said.

Zelic said she hope it would lead to reform; "It was so moving to put the spotlight on a hugely troubling issue that so many of us have been affected by. Here's to change and reform going forward," she said.

Former Broncos coach Anthony Seibold and MP Warren Mundine were also featured in the program, speaking of the online abuse they receive.

 

It comes as Meghan Markle claims "she was the most trolled person in the world" while speaking to an American podcast.

"I'm told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female. Now for eight months of that, I wasn't even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby," she said.

"What was able to be manufactured and churned out, it's almost unsurvivable. That's so big you can't even think of what that feels like."

Originally published as Erin Molan praised for bravery after teary interview

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