Online Safety and Image-Based Sexual Abuse

These are forms of abuse which are becoming more recognised and understood - we are campaigning for law reforms and robust regulation

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  • 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

Image-based sexual abuse is a widespread and devastating form of sexual abuse, which includes taking and/or distributing nude or sexual images without consent (including threats to do so). This in turn includes so-called ‘revenge porn’, ‘upskirting’, fakeporn, sexual extortion and videos of sexual assaults and rapes.

Online abuse of women and girls is very real. We cannot separate our online and offline lives – our online experiences are real life. 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 are having their rights and freedoms restricted online, and this issue is worsening. A problem of this magnitude must be named and tackled.

We believe that with the online safety bill, the government has a critical opportunity to address online abuse of women and girls by naming the problem and requiring social media companies to take action to prevent and address abuse on their platforms. But currently, women and girls are being left out of this law. Tell the government to include women and girls in online safety law.

UPDATES

December 2021: New Glitch and EVAW petition calls on the government to include women and girls in its new online safety law in order to tackle online abuse. Sign the petition here.

September 2020: New survey and report by Glitch and EVAW reveals increased abuse during Covid and calls on tech companies and Government to act. Read more here.

 

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