Amelia Gentleman reports on the website. Nik Noone, the chief executive of Galop, the LGBT anti-violence charity that helped develop the site, said: “Evidence suggests that more than 1 million people in the UK face online abuse each year. While online abuse can affect anyone, women and LGBT people often experience abuse as a result of their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. Our casework here at Galop also evidences an increasing trend, the impact of which can have far-reaching consequences. This project is about ensuring that protection from harassment and abuse against women and LGBT people in the real world exists in the online world too.”
Prosecutors believe this is in part due to the growing use of the internet, which acts as an enabler of crime. The "plus" side of this sinister new phenomenon is that online activity leaves digital traces which can be used by police as evidence. The CPS is revising some of its guidance so that prosecutors make the best use of the law to tackle cyber-facilitated abuse and violence.
Opinion piece by Olivia Wilson on the public shaming of women: "Social media now, is like the town square in the dark ages. We haven't yet figured out our laws to govern the way we treat each other. Back then, if suspected women weren't burnt and boiled to death, their reputation was.
Opinion piece by Katherine Clarke: "Online harassment and abuse of women has a real cost. This cost comes in the form of income lost to missed opportunities when women do not pursue jobs to avoid the crosshairs of men who think they do not belong. Some have spent a small fortune on services that protect their identities from abuse and harassment. As the targets of the Gamergate intimidation campaign can attest, the cost of doing business online as a woman can mean specific rape and death threats so severe that they've had to leave their homes and find temporary housing."
New government guidelines could see female gang members face curbs on social media usage and injunctions that stop them associating with potential perpetrators. Jodie Woodward, senior manager at anti-violence against women charity Nia, said: “We’d be very concerned about the use of any measures that place the blame with the women who are the victims, rather than the male perpetrator... The use of those injunctions is essentially blaming, punishing and potentially criminalising young women experiencing violence and abuse.”