Take a selfie to show your support to young people experiencing gender-based bullying! November 16th-20th is National Anti-Bullying week in the UK, and Gendered Intelligence has launched the Stop Our Silence campaign to raise awareness of gender-based bullying, to raise funds to run youth groups, and to show solidarity with all young people who are being silenced because of who they are.
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.
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.”
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."
An American lesbian Chrissy Chambers, 24, is aiming to make legal history in England as the first person to seek both a civil action for damages and the criminal prosecution of a former partner she accuses of posting revenge pornography of her on the internet.