Inside Shame Nation Book


“You are one single keystroke away from your life being destroyed”—Sue Scheff 



In SHAME NATION, leading internet safety expert and author Sue Scheff documents how cyber-shaming has become the national pastime—and what we can do about it. Whether from trolling, revenge porn, sexting scandals, email hacks, or cyber-lynchings, it is clear we are all vulnerable to digital disaster.


  • 66% of American adults have witnessed online harassment, and 67% of young Americans say they have been victims themselves — Pew Research Center
  • Experts predict that as many as 40% of all Americans will be digitally shamed — Hate Crimes in Cyberspace
  • 1 in 3 adults admit to sharing sexual images without their partners permission
  • 81% of researchers predict trolling to get worse in the future. PEW Research Center 2017


Every day, with the thousands of tweets, posts and images we mindlessly share, we are putting ourselves at risk of suffering permanent damage to our reputations, our careers, and our futures.


  • 33% of young adults say they have sent or posted a sexually suggestive photo of themselves — The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • Over half (54%) hiring managers have decided not to hire a job candidate based on their social media content — 2017 Career Builders survey
  • 70% of employers use social media to screen applicants – 2017 Career Builders survey


Drawing from the expertise of more than a dozen top experts spanning fields including legal, public relations, crisis management, psychology, cyberbullying, and online reputation management, SHAME NATION presents:


  • The alarming rise in frequency and severity of online attacks
  • The psychology behind mob mentality, anonymous attacks, shaming and more
  • The meager protections our current legal system offers for victims to fight back
  • How to avoid the online blunders that put you at risk
  • How to protect yourself (and others) from online attacks
  • How to handle a cyber-disaster should one occur
  • The real professional, psychological and technical challenges of recovering from an attack
  • Specific proposals for dismantling Shame Nation: advocating for cyberbullying laws and ramping up enforcement; pressuring tech companies to improve community standards; and emphasizing digital citizenship for people of all ages (it’s not just kids, folks!)




SHAME NATION: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate cites the latest research on online behavior, using images from surveys, studies and infographics, plus offer examples of digital shaming from tweets, Facebook posts, emails, and more. Using firsthand experiences, we will learn how to prevent, survive and overcome virtual disasters if they happen to you or a loved one.


No one is immune.


Just because you are a celebrity, doesn’t mean you don’t have the same feelings and emotions as average people. When actresses like Renee Zellweger, Demi Lovato, Amy Schumer, Ashley Judd, Iggy Azalea or Anne Hathaway are put through the Google rinse cycle they come out with the same scars that you would. They may have publicists to help hold them up, or deeper financial pockets, but the emotional wounds bleed the same.