Lauren Mayberry, 27, faced a stream of online abuse after the release of the band's latest music video. The singer told Channel 4 News: “If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but there is a difference between criticism and hatred. For me, it is sadly predictable, you fall back on the base argument.If you don’t like what a woman is wearing, you don’t like her opinion, you don’t like what it is she represents, then you fall back on the basic caveman arguments of threatening with physical and sexual violence because it is your trump card. Because that’s the way you get somebody to shut up. And I just think that is a very sad state of affairs.”
Journalist Anna Richardson investigates online misogyny by leaking a nude selfie on revenge porn websites and documenting the response. Richardson says, ‘Revenge porn is dangerous and everybody should be aware of the risks. The only way I felt I was going to truly understand revenge porn was to experience it, so I decided to take some pornographic pictures of myself.’
A man from Kidderminster is the first in the region to be convicted of revenge pornography after he disclosed a sexually explicit picture of a woman on Facebook. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a requirement to attend a 30 day rehabilitation programme.
John Duffin, of Totterdown, Bristol, admitted disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress - known as revenge porn. He was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for two years at Bristol Crown Court.
The Disclosure singer, who has been outspoken about his struggles with his sexuality and weight in the past, took to Twitter to share the link to the page with his 3.3 million followers to highlight the problem of online abuse.