MRS Hinch has detailed the vicious abuse she receives from online trolls but claims police say it”isn’t harassment”.
In a Q&A session on her Instagram stories, the social media star – who is pregnant with her second child – responded to a fan who asked her for advice on how to cope with bullying – before admitting she’s “not the best person to ask”.
Mrs Hinch was in tears after cruel trolls said some “hurtful” things to her last weekCredit: Instagram/mrshinchhome
Mrs Hinch shared a video of herself in tears after “reading something hurtful” last week, and said she “wishes” she was “amazing with [coping with trolls]” but said it still gets to her.
Calling it “vile” and “disgusting, Sophie, 31, said: “I’m at the stage now where I don’t know what to do about the hate and trolls.”
Adding: “I wish I had the answers for you.”
In a seperate story, another fan said the trolls “should be dealt with by the police,” but the mum-of-one from Essex said “I wish this was the case.”
The social media star, 31, responded to a fan on Instagram who ask her for advice on coping with online bullyingCredit: Mrs Hinch/Instagram
She explained: “I have had the police involved on a couple of occasions but I’ve been told this is not harassment, this is not a hate crime.”
“So what is it then?” she questioned, before adding: “I’m hoping one day the law will change.”
According to advice on the Metropolitan Police website, for harassment to be committed, there must have been “a clear course of conduct,” which means “two or more related occurrences.”
It reads: “The messages do not necessarily have to be violent in nature, but would need to have caused some alarm or distress.”
Mrs Hinch shared some of the nasty messages she’s received and revealed that police don’t consider it harrassmentCredit: Instagram
And adds: “If there has only been a single communication, it’s unlikely it would qualify as harassment, but could be considered a malicious communication.”
It also highlights that for it to be an offence “a message must be sent to another person, or sent via a public communications network, that is indecent, grossly offensive, obscene, threatening or menacing.”
This isn’t the first time she’s spoken about the abuse as just last week the social media star lashed out a vile trolls who called her son Ronnie a “spoilt brat”.
And just days earlier she received a brutal meme which was shared about her on a gossip forum.
Sophie shared two messages she received on Instagram in response to her giving her toddler some presents.
Mrs Hinch is pregnant with her second sonCredit: Mrs Hinch/Instagram
Posting screengrabs of the messages, Sophie said: “There are two types of people in this world…”
Describing one fan as a “kind person”, Mrs Hinch then shared the first message which read: “Aw he’s going to make such a good big brother.
“I remember panicking when I was having [my second son]… so many worries but Sophie is will all come naturally to Ron trust me.
“Mine are 24 and 22 now. Yeah we had rough patches but they’re bond is strong xxx.”
Earlier this week, the star shared two messages she received on InstagramCredit: Mrs Hinch/Instagram
The cruel comments about her son come days after she found this ‘disturbing’ meme on a gossip forumCredit: Mrs Hinch/Instagram
Sharing the second message, Sophie wrote: “And [then there are] these people.”
The user – who claims to be a child counsellor – described Sophie’s toddler as a “spoiled wee brat” and told the mum that she should only be giving him presents at Christmas and birthdays.
They wrote: “He will not be a [cope] when this baby arrives. Don’t care how much you say he’ll be a good big brother.
“You’ve spoiled him into a brat and he’ll hate having to share you.”
In her memoir This Is Me, Sophie revealed she’s been taking medication for depression and anxiety as a result of cruel trollsCredit: Mrs Hinch/Instagram
Before this, Sophie address the brutal meme someone had made about her and told her four million followers: “I refuse to share negative posts however when I stumbled across this online during my day off I felt slightly disturbed by it.”
As well as labelling her “Mrs Grinch”, the meme showed a cartoon holding a stick and antagonising Sophie to “do something” on social media on her day off.
She continued: “They despise me yet watch my every move, they prod me and poke me every single day, they wait around for my next story of the can pull me and my boys apart.
These people have almost destroyed me and the fact that I am on medication for depression and anxiety for the first time in my life is largely down to what they have put me through…
“How people like this sleep at night is beyond me BUT I just want them to read this …
“I forgive you, I will not rise to your cruel ways, I hope you too find your happiness and hopefully then you’ll leave me and my family alone.”
She wrote: “These people have almost destroyed me and the fact that I am on medication for depression and anxiety for the first time in my life is largely down to what they have put me through.”
Sophie, 31, had a panic attack two years which felt like ‘she was dying’ after reading messages from trollsCredit: Mrs Hinch/Instagram
She details the daily deluge of abusive messages to her inbox and the sustained hate campaigns on trashing forums that exist “only to ridicule, torment and abuse”.
While it’s something she experiences often, the effects of the trolling came to a head around in December 2019 when a stream of abuse and body-shaming triggered a panic attack, which “felt like I was dying”.
The ordeal took days to recover from and she knew she had to speak to a doctor about the toll it was having on her mental health.
Her GP prescribed medication she says helps her “keep things on more of an even keel,” but she still frequently grapples with her anxiety from time to time – using cleaning as a way to cope.
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