We’re campaigning for the reforms of laws relating to online abuse and robust regulation of the tech platforms perpetrators use, so those responsible are held accountable.
- July 19, 2022The government has put the Online Safety Bill on hold until a new Prime Minister is in place, leaving it at risk of being weakened or scrapped. In a s...
- July 07, 2022The Law Commission of England and Wales has today (7th July 2022) made a series of recommendations to government for reforms that would strengthen pro...
- June 01, 2022New Ofcom figures are published on the same day as the Victims’ Commissioner’s research, also highlighting the harmful impacts of online a...
Women are 27 times more likely than men to be harassed online
1 in 5 women has experienced online harassment abuse
Black women are 84% more likely to receive abusive or problematic tweets than white women
Online abuse includes cyberstalking, sexual harassment, grooming for exploitation or abuse, image-based sexual abuse (so called ‘revenge porn’, upskirting, fakeporn, sexual extortion and videos of sexual assaults and rapes), rape threats, doxxing of women’s personal information, tech abuse in intimate partnerships, and much more. This abuse can have a long-lasting, devastating impact on survivors.
We should all be able to socialise, work, learn, get involved in activism or join a community online, free from the threat of abuse. But women and girls’ rights and freedoms are being restricted online, as we self-censor, avoid certain platfirms or come offline to avoid harm. And this issue is only worsening as our online world becomes ever more interwoven in our daily lives.
A problem of this magnitude must be named and tackled. We believe that with the Online Safety Bill, the government has a once in a generation opportunity to address violence against women and girls by requiring social media companies to take action to prevent and end abuse on their platforms, and by requiring tech companies and the regulator to look at the relationship between perpetrators and the platforms they use and create a system of accountability. But currently, women and girls are being left out of this law.