Cyberstalking and online threats are serious issues in our digital age. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, nearly one in five (18%) of all internet users have experienced severe forms of online abuse, including physical threats, stalking, sustained harassment and/or sexual harassment. Young female internet users (age 18-24) experience the most severe online violence.
On Wednesday, April 15, at 10 a.m. ET the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, National Council of Women’s Organizations and The National Organization for Women will hold a congressional briefing about these issues in partnership with United States Representative Katherine Clark. During the briefing, experts will discuss the prevalence of cyberstalking and online threats and how to combat them. Scheduled to attend are:
- Michelle Garcia, Director of the Stalking Resource Center
- Zoe Quinn, Video Game Developer and Co-founder of Crash Override
- John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor at AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women
- Danielle Keats Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor and Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace
The briefing will be broadcast live on the National Center for Victims of Crime’s Twitter handle. To participate, simply follow @CrimeVictimsOrg on Twitter. We hope you’ll join the conversation using the hashtag #StopWebH8 and help spread the word!
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- Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet via Pacific Standard
- Online Harassment Survey via Pew Research Center
- Hate Crimes in Cyberspace by Danielle Keats Citron