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Irish model Shahira Barry compares domestic abuse to online trolling

Published 08/04/2015 | 08:40

Galway model Shahira Barry
Galway model Shahira Barry
Galway model Shahira Barry
Shahira Barry competing in Miss University 2011

Irish model Shahira Barry has compared her experiences with online trolling to domestic violence.

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In an interview with The Irish Sun today, Barry, who  moved to LA last year, speaks out against bullying and trolling, saying one “very nasty person” has been targeting her for some time. 

The Galway native then revealed that she confronted the offender asking why she was being targeted by nasty comments.

“I’ve had a very nasty person in my life for awhile now. Today, I said to that person, ‘Have you always been a bully in school or what’s happened?’

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“They responded, ‘No, I wasn’t a bully in school, but what can I say? Some people bring out the worst in me and you’ve made me a bully.

“That was possibly the most shocking response I could have imagined. “

Barry, who trained as a primary school teacher before moving to the City of Angels last August to pursue a career in modelling and acting, said she has watched documentaries on the subject of domestic abuse.

Galway model Shahira Barry
Galway model Shahira Barry

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“It is extremely rare that someone would admit to being a bully and deliberately being horrible and in that case, they do admit it, have no feeling of shame or being sorry,” she told the paper today in an exclusive interview with Ken Sweeney.

“I have watched documentaries and heard stories about domestic abuse, and in that case, often, for example, a husband who is beating his wife will say, ‘you rised me to it, you made me do it, ‘it’s your fault’ and try to shame the victim into feeling bad about themselves that they somehow deserved how they were being treated.

Shahira Barry competing in Miss University 2011
Shahira Barry competing in Miss University 2011

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