December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Journalist and Londoner Caroline Criado-Perez - who led a successful campaign to get a woman on the new £10 bank note - has revealed she is still being subjected to sexist online abuse on a daily basis.
The feminist campaigner, who hit the headlines in July after receiving a torrent of death and rape threats on Twitter, said she found the daily abuse “wearing”.
In July, Jane Austen was announced as the new face of the bank note, replacing Charles Darwin, partly thanks to the efforts of Ms Criado-Perez.
Today she spoke at a conference in London showing how online abuse had become a central plank of campaigns of domestic abuse against women.
“The threats have more or less stopped, they only come through very occasionally now,” she said.
“What I more get is more general sexist abuse because now I’m sort of a lightning rod for it.
“I’m the person people think of when they think ‘right, I want to go and abuse a woman, there’s a woman who is really famous for being abused, I’ll do that’.
“I get that in a daily basis now and obviously it is really wearing.”
Several other high profile women including the eminent historian Mary Beard also reported threats in the wake of the publicity generated.
Twitter has since introduced a “report tweet” option for users who are sent abusive messages following a campaign by a number of women who were targeted on the site.
Ms Criado-Perez spoke ahead of a keynote speech at the Cyber Stalking and Harassment Conference in Bloomsbury.
The conference was organised by Women’s Aid, which warned social media and associated technology provides perpetrators of domestic violence with “an extra tool to threaten, control and humiliate”.