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40% of web users harassed online

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's something anyone who has ever read postings on a controversial subject already knows: the Internet can be a rough place.

That reality is being confirmed by a study that shows harassment is a common part of online life.

The report by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have seen online harassment.

And 40 percent report having experienced it themselves.

The kind of stuff the respondents were asked about include things like name calling, physical threats, sexual harassment and stalking.

Half of those who were harassed said they even didn't know the person who had most recently attacked them.

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