Campaigners demand action after sexism on social media spirals out of control

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Labour MP Stella Creasy wants police and prosecutors to wake up to online abuse...

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Women's group EVAW are on a mission to tackle sexist and abusive trolls who target women on Twitter.

They're calling for police, prosecutors and social media bosses to treat online abuse in the same was as they would abuse on the street.

The group are reacting to the 'New Technology, Same Old Problems' report out today (19 December) that reveals the true extent of sexual harassment on sites like Twitter.

2013 has been a difficult year for women using social media. Earlier this year, Caroline Criado-Perez was viscously attacked while campaigning for Jane Austen's portrait to appear on a banknote.

She's recently revealed that she's been "emotionally and psychologically scarred" by the incident, which resulted in two people being charged with improper use of a communications network. Unfortunately, Caroline is still facing abuse...


Other incidents were even more terrifying, like the rape threats sent to Professor Mary Beard. So, what's being done?


The EVAW wants social media sites to own up to abuses (like users identifying rape victims when it's illegal) and ensure all intimate pictures shared without the individuals' consent are removed immediately.

Others are using the same sites to campaign against abuse, like Everyday Sexism.


Stella isn't afraid to tackle her critics on Twitter, but she's not the only one who's being trolled by sexist and anti-feminist users.


But what about the young women and girls who don't feel like they can stand up for themselves online? Tell us your thoughts...

Should online threats and abuse be treated as seriously as offline abuse?
Absolutely, yes. 75.00%
No, there's a big difference. 0.00%
Maybe not, but online threats need to be taken seriously. 25.00%


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