I’m pleased to see the widespread media coverage and condemnation of violently misogynistic social media, including the death and rape threats to Caroline Criado-Perez and Stella Creasy, both women that I respect and who are working to make changes for women. I’m pleased to see that so far two arrests (of men) have been made in relation to these threats.
I’m pleased to see how many women and men have spoken out in support of Caroline and Stella and against the cowardly bullies who seek to silence and intimidate them and many other women who dare to raise their voices.
I’m hopeful that we might be reaching a point when misogynistic abuse is no longer accepted as an inevitable consequence of women’s use of social media.
Ironically though, I haven’t seen one headline about actual rapes.
- Maybe I missed the headline telling us that 350 rapes were reported to London’s Metropolitan Police last month (June 2013). A 40% increase on June 2012.
Ironically, I haven’t seen much coverage of actual murders of women through male violence.
- Maybe I’ve missed the headlines about the 13 UK women killed through suspected male violence this month alone.
Maybe I’ve missed the media coverage that looks at death and rape threats in the context of femicide and sexual violence against women.
I’m fed up that connections are not being made. Male violence against women and girls is not just about threats through social media. It is a reality of life across the world. What is it going to take before we all say that male violence against women and girls needs to end?