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Kentucky fan Ashley Judd writes powerful takedown of sexist, threatening Internet trolls

Diehard Kentucky basketball fan Ashley Judd, a survivor of rape and incest, has declared war on sexually aggressive Internet trolls on behalf of women everywhere.

In a powerful essay posted Thursday to Mic.com, Judd responds to nasty tweets directed at her during Sunday’s SEC championship game between Kentucky and Arkansas.

Her essay is titled: “Forget Your Team: Your Online Violence Toward Girls and Women Is What Can Kiss My Ass.”

Her attackers should be ready to do more than pucker up: She’s trying to figure out how to sue them.

As a loyal and noisy fan of her alma mater’s basketball team, Judd is no stranger to social media attacks.

On Sunday, she complained on Twitter about Arkansas’ aggressive play, writing that the Razorbacks were “playing dirty & can kiss my team's free throw making a—.”

“The volume of hatred that exploded at me in response was staggering,” she writes.

“I routinely cope with tweets that sexualize, objectify, insult, degrade and even physically threaten me. I have already — recently, in fact — looked into what is legally actionable in light of such abuse, and have supplied Twitter with scores of reports about the horrifying content on its platform.

“But this particular tsunami of gender-based violence and misogyny flooding my Twitter feed was overwhelming.

“Tweets rolled in, calling me a (bleep), a whore or a bitch, or telling me to suck a two-inch (bleep). Some even threatened rape, or ‘anal anal anal.’”

She writes that she would much rather be talking about basketball now. Instead, “I must, as a woman who was once a girl, as someone who uses the Internet, as a citizen of the world, address personally, spiritually, publicly and even legally, the ripe dangers that invariably accompany being a woman and having an opinion about sports or, frankly, anything else.”

Read her epic takedown here.

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