Today the Centre for Gender Equal Media has published a briefing on Online Abuse ahead of a Parliamentary Debate scheduled for Thursday 7th July. GEM warmly welcomes the debate and fully supports the motion proposed.
Our briefing clearly locates online abuse and harassment as a gendered gendered phenomenon with girls and women disproportionately affected. The pervasiveness of gendered online harassment, of image- based sexual abuse (‘revenge porn’) and sexualised sexism (‘sexualisation’) creates the conditions within which harassment, violence and abuse thrive in society. As such, policy and interventions should be framed within the Home Office-led Violence Against Women and Girls strategy at national level, and within similar strategies at local level.
We highlight the need for law reform and education across five key areas, including our campaign to strengthen the law, secure justice and support survivors of image-based sexual abuse, as well as asserting the importance of government providing sustainable long-term funding for violence against women support services.
You can download the briefing in full here.
You can learn more about our campaign to strengthen the law, secure justice, and support survivors of image-based sexual abuse here.