Amnesty International is investigating the human rights implications of online violence and harassment against women on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. We are looking for stories from women who have experienced violent threats and harassment online specifically related to their gender as well as any other intersecting forms of identity (e.g. race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity or expression, disability). We want to know how online abuse made you feel and how you dealt with it - did you block users, report to police or companies, get offline, stop posting about certain content? We also want to know what the response was if you reported the online abuse to the police or to the social media companies directly. Please try to include as much detail in your answer as possible such as dates, the platform(s) used, whether you knew the person/persons harassing you and specific examples of violent threats you received.
How Will My Story Be Used?
How Will My Story Be Used?
The experiences you share with us may be used in our research publications. This means it will be available online or in print and could be seen by your friends or family members, used by journalists reporting on this issue, or be used as an example when we raise this issue with government officials. Once your story has been published in the Amnesty report, it may be impossible for you to have that information removed. If we decide to publish your story we will need your email address to get in touch to follow up and corroborate the information you’ve submitted. You have the choice to remain anonymous but some aspects of your story may enable others to identify you, even if you don’t share your name. The information you share won’t be shared with any third party and will only be used for the purposes of this research.
For Victims of Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Violence
You may have added risks when deciding whether to share your story. Before deciding to complete the survey, consider USING A SAFER DEVICE and email address that your current or former partner does not have access to. Please consider that spyware can be used to remotely monitor devices. If you are (or may in the future be) involved in any court proceedings like divorce or child custody, the opposing attorney could send a subpoena to Survey Monkey in an attempt to see if any of the information could be used against you. See Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors for more information.
Please note that Amnesty International cannot directly help with your individual case but we can use your experience and your story to highlight the high levels of violence against women online and advocate for better laws and policies to address this issue in the long term. If you are feeling duress, trauma or feel your security is at risk as a result of the online abuse you have faced, we recommend that you contact a local women’s rights organization or law enforcement for further advice and support. For immediate assistance with threats of violence online and harassment you can visit:
Heartmob- Provides real-time support to people being harassed online
Trollbusters- A global campaign dedicated to helping journalists under attack