Jess Phillips received a barrage of disparaging tweets and messages threatening to rape her after she appeared in a backbench business committee where the Conservative MP Philip Davies called for a House of Commons debate on International Men’s Day.
The growing use of the internet to perpetrate sexual abuse and new ways of involving victims of sex offences in the criminal justice process are among issues being debated at an international conference in Dublin this week.
More than 300 professionals from Ireland and the UK who work with sexually aggressive adults and adolescents are attending the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (Nota) annual conference, which runs until Friday.
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.
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.
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.”