WAKE-UP CALL: UN Says Cyber Violence Is Equivalent to Physical Violence Against Women and Pornography Helps Drive It AllLeave a comment
2015-09-30 by Call Me Sunshine
EDITORIAL: This statement from below and Alexandra’s commentary say it all. Without free and safe access to technology, women are oppressed in all aspects of life and particularly, in their careers. I am one activist who is constantly under attack because my work counts. I won’t feed the trolls so my only real consolation is the fact that their abuse of my entire life is exposed for all to witness and learn the truth of what we are up against.
There was a time when I considered suicide quite seriously because of the psychological warfare the Los Angeles porn industry thrust upon myself and everyone they could find who was ever close to me. I reached out to 5 different non-profits here in Clearwater that deal with violence against women. Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking was the only organization who responded. I might not be alive today if not for them. I thank God everyday that I’m still here now because now I understand my continued victimization by Porn Valley stalkers is changing the World with every slur. That’s straight up God’s work there. I am truly blessed that He sent FCAHT to save me so I could help save others 😉
I don’t have many friends now because I don’t want to endanger their lives. I can’t promote a business online because who would do business with the likes of what these criminal trolls say about me. The truth doesn’t matter. Their network is huge so truth gets drowned out. Finding a job is difficult and having a real career outside of the sex industries is next to impossible. That’s why girls stay and lie about how great it is. Who will give them a chance when it means also bringing onboard a team of evil internet trolls who can destroy both personal and business reputations with a few tweets and posts everyday.
When I explain my stalker situation to people who want to work with me, 9 out of 10 thank me for my honesty and I never hear from them again. I don’t really blame them. I don’t wish this type of abuse on anyone!
This is the life of the stalked, living in America today.
“To be disconnected from technology in the 21st century, it’s like having your freedom disrupted: your right to work, your right to meet people, your right to learn, your freedom of speech. So if women become so intimidated and traumatized from the experiences they may have, it’s a whole world that will be lost to them for the rest of their life.”
Alexandra Mayers commentary: If there’s justice in the Universe, the developers and operators of Pornwikileaks (along with individuals such as Ari Scott Bass and Sean Matthew Tompkins) will be held accountable for the assault against me, my family and the multitudes of others the venture targeted.
Cyber violence is psychological warfare – and in regards to how pornography ties into it all…today’s pornographic industry is essentially entirely controlled by ORGANIZED CRIME (in other words, today criminals are fraudulently labeling themselves as “pornographers”).
73% of Women have Experienced Cyber Violence, According to a New Report
Cyber violence is just as damaging to women as physical violence, according to a new U.N. report, which warns women are growing even more vulnerable to cyber violence as more and more regions gain internet access.
The report calls itself a “wake-up call” about cyber violence as a systemic concern, especially as technology is spreading across more regions. Presented by U.N. Women and the U.N. Broadband Commission, the report estimates that 73% of women have endured cyber violence, and that women are 27 times more likely as men to be harassed online. In Europe, nine million girls have already experienced some kind of cyber violence by the time they’re 15. Anita Sarkeesian, a gamer and activist who has long agitated for more action against cyber violence, spoke at the launch of the new report, titled “Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls: A Worldwide Wake-Up Call.”
The U.N. defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts.” The report notes that cyber violence is an extension of that definition, that includes acts like trolling, hacking, spamming, and harassment.
The report also argues that “cyber touch is recognized as equally as harmful as physical touch,” suggesting that online harassment might be just as lethal as domestic violence or sexual abuse.
“Dead is dead,” says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the U.N. and Executive Director of U.N. Women. “Whether you are dead because your partner shot you or beat you up, or you killed yourself because you couldn’t bear cyber-bullying, or you were exposed to many of the sites that lead people to suicide pacts— bottom line, we lose a life.”
Mlambo-Ngcuka explained that the report is intended to encourage governments to take action against cyber bullying, and U.N. Women is committed to making sure those efforts are sustainable and enforceable. She said the three most important ways to combat cyber violence are sensitization to the dangers, safeguards against harassment, and sanctions against those who perpetuate internet abuse. “This is a 21st century challenge that needs us to have new ways of reacting,” she says. Still, one in five female internet users live in countries where law enforcement are extremely unlikely to respond to internet violence, and only 26% of law enforcement agencies in the 86 countries surveyed are properly prepared to address the problem.
Even with her position at the U.N., Mlambo-Ngcuka says it’s been difficult to convince some people that this is a problem to take seriously. She recalled some resistance from industry leaders, particularly in the gaming space, who seemed to think that cyber violence was not their problem. “The attitude was like, ‘this sells, this is a business we make money off it, so what are you asking us, to reduce profits?’” she says. “This gentlemen said to me, ‘Lady, you are so intense, chill!’”
She emphasized that cyber violence exists on a continuum with physical violence, and that both problems are byproducts of a society that is inherently unequal for women.
Even if women don’t end up dead, the Under-Secretary-General said, cyber violence can still dramatically affect women’s ability to participate in the modern world. With 450 million more women expected to come online in the next three years, more and more women are relying on the internet for educational and professional resources.
If the internet isn’t a safe place for them, Mlambo-Ngcuka added, they risk swearing off it altogether. “If the woman is tormented, she may then decide that ‘I don’t want to have anything to do with technology,” she said. “To be disconnected from technology in the 21st century, it’s like having your freedom disrupted: your right to work, your right to meet people, your right to learn, your freedom of speech. So if women become so intimidated and traumatized from the experiences they may have, it’s a whole world that will be lost to them for the rest of their life.”