A new website tackling online abuse aimed at women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is launched today.
- Internet site aims to help people struggling with online abuse.
- Women and Equalities Minister says the site is proof that the government is determined to tackle discrimination.
A government funded, but created by Galop site is aimed at stopping online abuse was launched today with a view to help wipe out online trolling.
Charities with a combined 161 years of experience in anti-violence work collaborated to provide answers for people struggling with online abuse. The news comes after it was announced in October 2014, that internet trolls could face up to two years behind bars for their crimes.
The website aims to provide advice for anyone who is falling victim to online abuse. It aims to “empower people facing sexist, homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse online.”
Nik Noone, Galop’s CEO said:
“Evidence suggests that over one million people in the UK face online abuse each year. Whilst online abuse can affect anyone, women and LGBT people often experience abuse as a result of their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.
“We’ve all seen a growing number of high profile examples of online abuse in the news. 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.”
Women and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan, who voted in opposition to the same-sex marriage bill in 2013, said:
“This new site will provide practical advice for women and LGB&T people on how to recognise abuse, what steps to take to report it and how to get offensive content removed. It is another sign of our determination to tackle discrimination in all its forms and to creating a fairer society for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”