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This woman documents ‘creepy’ messages to stop online harassment

Mia Matsumiya, a violinist based out of Los Angeles has received over a thousand of them and she hasn't completely ignored them. Instead, she posted them all on her Instagram account called 'Perv Magnet'.

Mia Matsumiya/ Instagram

If you have ever checked the ‘other messages’ folder on your Facebook and spam mails on your email account, you must have come across messages that can not be deemed appropriate – they are ‘creepy’, to say the least. Mia Matsumiya, a violinist based out of Los Angeles has received over a thousand of them and she hasn’t completely ignored them. Instead, she posted them all on her Instagram account called ‘Perv Magnet’.

“I’ve archived 1,000+ messages from creeps, weirdos & fetishists over the past 10 years. I’ve decided to post them all,” she writes as her account’s introduction.

Talking to a digital magazine, Matsumiya said she had earlier thought of coming up with a coffee table book five years ago but did not have the courage to do so but the messages kept coming in and she decided to post them on Instagram instead. “This is not so much a vendetta towards the perverts as it is a demonstration of what horrific things are said to women online when everyone else’s heads are turned,” she told the magazine.

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The messages started coming in when Matsumiya started blogging during the time she used to perform in a rock band in early 2000s, she told Buzzfeed.

She has shared her project on the micro-blogging website Twitter and has garnered a positive response from women who have faced online harassment. However, she has also received hate mails from the people who feature in these posts. “Probably the most interesting response I’ve gotten are from men who supposedly wrote me creepy messages years ago. They’re apologising for their behaviour and are terrified of me posting their messages,” she said.

Read all her posts here.