Moana Hope says her disabled sister Lavinia has received death threats

Moana Hope says her disabled sister Lavinia has received death threats and been mocked online by trolls as she speaks out about online bullying

Moana Hope has revealed the online bullying hell endured by her sister Lavinia.

The former AFLW star, 34, is the sole carer for her sibling, nicknamed Vinny, who lives with a rare neurological condition called Moebius syndrome.

Describing Vinny’s experience with trolls as ‘horrible’, Moana said that her sister has received death threats from keyboard warriors.

Moana Hope (pictured) has revealed the online bullying hell endured by her sister Lavinia during a segment on Channel 9's 9Honey

Moana Hope (pictured) has revealed the online bullying hell endured by her sister Lavinia during a segment on Channel 9’s 9Honey 

The Australian Survivor star made the comments when she appeared on Talking Honey discussing social media bullying and parenting on Friday.

Moana is married to Isabella Clastrom, who gave birth to a daughter, Svea, in 2020. 

The couple welcomed their second child, son Ahi, in June.

Asked on the program about how she would handle the issue of online bullying, Moana said: ‘I’ve already been privy to seeing her being bullied on social media, which is horrible.’

The former AFLW star, 34, is the sole carer for her sibling, nicknamed Vinny (pictured), who lives with a rare neurological condition called Moebius syndrome

The former AFLW star, 34, is the sole carer for her sibling, nicknamed Vinny (pictured), who lives with a rare neurological condition called Moebius syndrome

Vinny, Moana said, had been ‘made fun of’ because of her disability.

‘She’s had death threats,’ the reality star said, ‘she’s had people make fun of her disability, gets teased about her cross eyes. It’s horrible.’

She then added: ‘I always think – what happened to that bully that made them a bully? Kids aren’t born bullies. And I’m not trying to excuse the behaviour, but I’m just going to make sure my kids know their own worth.’

Describing Vinny's experience with trolls as 'horrible', Moana said that her sister has received death threats from keyboard warriors Pictured: David Campbell, Moana Hope and Jo Abi

Describing Vinny’s experience with trolls as ‘horrible’, Moana said that her sister has received death threats from keyboard warriors Pictured: David Campbell, Moana Hope and Jo Abi

Moana has been outspoken about bullying in the past.

In August last year, the first-class athlete appeared on The Project and told how people would approach her in public places and abuse her ‘just for playing the sport she loved.’

‘You’d be in a shopping centre and [have] people abusing you,’ she told Lisa Wilkinson.

‘They’re swearing at you and they’re yelling things to you… Getting messages on social media being told to “get back in the kitchen where you belong.”‘

Moana has said in the past that the bullying she and her sister has had to endure meant getting the police involved

Moana has said in the past that the bullying she and her sister has had to endure meant getting the police involved

‘I got death threats, Vinny got death threats,’ she continued. ‘We got the police involved many times.’

Moana and Isabella, who tied the knot in 2019, went through IVF to conceive their daughter Svea and their newborn son using the same donor.

Isabella gave birth to Svea in November 2020 and Moana carried their second child.

Moana and Isabella, who tied the knot in 2019, went through IVF to conceive their daughter Svea and their newborn son, Ahi, using the same donor

Moana and Isabella, who tied the knot in 2019, went through IVF to conceive their daughter Svea and their newborn son, Ahi, using the same donor

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