Grief and fear just a few days after her son's death, she checked her Facebook page in the hope of reading comfort reports from her family and friends.
Instead, she found dozens of hideous comments: You're a terrible mother. You killed your child. You deserved what happened to your son. All this is fake – your child does not exist.
Annoyed and stunned, she closed her Facebook app.
A few days later she received a text message from someone named Ron. Expect more of this, Ron warned. Expect more. Attacks are among those who oppose vaccination, and this mother who lives in the Midwest does not want her name to be used for fear because attention will only encourage more messages.
Nothing too Cruel
Interviews with mothers who have lost children and those who spy on anti-vaccinating groups reveal a tactic used by anti-vaccinants: When a child dies, group members sometimes encourage each other to go on this parent's Facebook page. Anti-vaccinators then send messages that tell parents that they are lying and their child never existed or that the parent killed them or that the vaccines killed the child or some combination of all of them.
Nothing is considered too cruel. Just days after the death of their children, mothers say that social media anti-whistleblowers call them fornicators, c-word killers and babies.
The Midwife, who wants to remain anonymous, is not alone.
Jill Promoly, who lives outside Toronto, lost his son by flu. She believes antioxidants are trying to silence those people who can make the strongest argument for vaccinations: those whose children have died of vaccine-preventable diseases.
"I know these people really try to hurt me, and I understand that the reason they do it is that they want to stop," she said.
Larry Cook, founder of Stop Stop Mandatory Vaccination, does not deny that such assaults on mothers of dead children exist.
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