There's a new effort underway to support victims of online harassment, by classifying cyber bullying as a civil rights violation.

It's spearheaded by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which says their mission is to protect all victims of online harassment.

ADC Michigan Director Fatina Abdrabboh says as technology has advanced, so has the method of harassment and bullying.

She says that currently, one group that has been victimized has been Muslim and Arab residents of Michigan and elsewhere in the US. She also says that there should be legal consequences to keep cyber hate crimes from growing. Attacks, she says have been based on a variety of things, including gender, lifestyle, ethnicity or beliefs.

Her group wants legislation that will criminalize cyber bullying, revenge pornography and other cyber sexual assaults.