Cyber violence against women and girls
Time & Location
About the Event
Who is most often targeted? Although cyber violence can affect both women and men, women and girls experience different and more traumatic forms of cyber violence.
There are various forms of cyber violence against women and girls, including, but not limited to, cyber stalking, non-consensual pornography (or ‘revenge porn’), gender-based slurs, hate speech and harassment, ‘slut-shaming’, unsolicited pornography, ‘sextortion’, rape threats and death threats, and electronically facilitated trafficking.
Cyber violence is not a separate phenomenon to ‘real world’ violence, as it often follows the same patterns as offline violence. There is a strategy behind it: First there is a concerted hate storm against a person, and then the haters get together and do research: What is their private address? Who is their employer to whom they could be denounced? Then there are threatening letters home with sentences like "I know where your children's school is," whose address is then also published on the web.