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The NRLW star reveals she has been the victim of more brutal online abuse

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Heartbroken Julia Robinson revealed she was the target of trolls last week, less than two months after she was the victim of vile abuse from people who criticized her looks.

The Broncos winger was snapped on the red carpet at last week’s Dally M Awards after a superb season in the NRLW, but instead of celebrating her achievements, some people felt the need to try and drag her down.

She has faced online abuse for the second time this year after calling out trolls who attacked one of her Instagram posts ahead of the final NRLW season.

Camera iconJulia Robinson received some of the sickening comments. credit: Delivered

“It just hurts,” a devastated Robinson told NCA NewsWire.

“It happened twice already.

“It hurts because I feel like a good person and I know I would never say anything bad to anyone. It hurts because no one likes to be called names or called mean.

“It’s sad to know that this is still happening in today’s society where strong women need to be criticized and some people are horrified to see a girl with muscles.

“It doesn’t have to be bad and that’s why I said in my first post that it just shows my hard work and dedication. Without it, I wouldn’t be here today.

“It should be recognized a lot more; how good it is to see women fit and healthy.’

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Camera iconThe Broncos pre-season stars Amber Hall, Taryn Aiken, Ali Brigginshaw, Chelsea Lenarduzzi and Julia Robinson. Adam Head credit: News Corp Australia

Broncos teammate Ali Briginshaw says she will always be there to support Robinson, but fears online abuse could become a permanent trend for female athletes.

“I don’t think it’s ever going to stop,” the legend said of Gillara.

“It is sad and painful to see all these comments.

“I think every player feels that every time they step on the field, but it means our game is growing and the profile of these girls is growing.

“For every positive comment, there will be people who want to knock you down. Once you get to the top, there are so many people who want to be there, and their reaction is jealousy.

“If you are an athlete, the most important thing is to support each other. We will all return her.”

Robinson says she’s been blown away by the support she’s received not only from high-profile players, but also from stars from other codes and strangers reaching out to her on social media.

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Camera iconTeyla Harris was abused for her kicking style. Tim Carafa credit: News Corp Australia

It’s reminiscent of what Tayla Harris went through in the AFLW when she was attacked over a photo showing her perfect kicking technique.

Trolling is a hot topic not just for athletes but for society as a whole, and Robinson says negative comments from faceless keyboard warriors can have extreme results.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the people who have supported me,” Robinson said.

“It shows that I have such an amazing group of people around me, but it’s also people I don’t know who have reached out.

“I had athletes from all the other codes supporting me, but also supporting the reality of the situation and that it’s an important topic to talk about.

“We need to change the way people think about how they communicate on social media. It was such an unfortunate time because it happened around the time of Paul Green’s death and there was so much focus on mental health.

“Those kinds of things can motivate people.

“I’m lucky because I know I wouldn’t have gone down that path, but these people who post stuff have no idea how other people will react to it. You can’t just troll people on social media because you don’t know what’s going on in their lives.

“I am proud of myself and I will never change for anyone.”

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Camera iconRobinson has played for the Broncos and Maroons and is now making her World Cup debut. Nigel Hallett credit: News Corp Australia

Robinson fought back tears as she spoke, but she was all smiles as she talked about how honored she was to be a part of Gillard’s team at the world championships.

The winger has had her passport triple checked as she prepares to travel abroad for the first time, just four years after she started playing rugby.

“It means the world to me,” she said.

“I ticked off a huge list of moments.”

https://thewest.com.au/news/nrlw-star-reveals-shes-been-victim-of-more-vile-online-abuse-c-8454810

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