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Shaming can take on many forms. There’s fat-shaming, single-shaming and the shaming of those who choose to be a bit more promiscuous than us. We shame men for not being “masculine enough,” and women for either deciding not to have kids or for deciding to become stay-at-home moms. People who are “too shy,” have certain physical or mental health conditions, or are seen as “low-class” or “rich snobs” can also be victims of shaming – whether on social media, in conversation or through story lines told in the media and popular culture.

People who shame others accomplish little more than hurting their victims and creating further divisions in our society. And I’d like to add another type of shaming to the list – one that could be potentially dangerous for credit unions – cyberattack victim-shaming.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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