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Offensive Facebook groups target East Texas women

SHELBY COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) - Two Facebook pages targeting local women were taken down this week, but not before causing serious emotional damage. The pages were called "Logansport Hoes" and "EastTexasSluts". The pages aimed at identifying women in the community others considered to be promiscuous.

"It was mothers and daughters and sisters. People were angry with them so someone decided to slander them," said women's advocate, Marsha Woolf-Barnett.

Christina Barbee's photo was posted on the site by a woman she says she barely knew.

"The most upsetting part was the things that they put and knowing that my son could read it one day," Barbee said.

One girl featured in a bullying post became suicidal after her picture was posted and she received messages telling her she didn't deserve to live.

Before Facebook.com took the pages down, Woolf-Barnett and others contacted the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

"It very well could end up being more of a civil matter than a criminal matter, but we are going to investigate this as much as we can," said Sheriff Newton Johnson.

Some of the women implicated and others in support of them, including Woolf-Barnett, formed a counter group called "L.I.F.T." to empower women.

"We have enough trouble in society with men degrading us, we don't need to do it to one another. We need to uplift each other and not tear each other down," said Woolf-Barnett

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