This week I was able to watch a few videos and read a couple articles. The theme that stuck out to me was the violence and harassment against women online. After reading Online harassment of women at risk of becoming ‘established norm’, study finds, I was much more aware of how many women experience this. As a women I have been harassed online when I was younger. When this happened I pulled away from using social media. I didn’t want to deal with it, so I figured best to ignore it. I later found out that this is exactly what so many other people are being told. It is frightening to see that women who do come forward to lawyers and authorities that they are told nothing can be done. John Oliver is great for raising awareness on the issue.
I think our society is often blaming victims because the do not know what to do. I was curious about our laws in Canada regarding online harassment, revenge porn, or sextortion. The RCMP place this under Cyber bullying
- Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages.
- Posting embarrassing photos of someone online.
- Creating a website to make fun of others.
- Pretending to be someone by using their name.
- Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others.”
I always assumed cyber bullying was something kids or teens experience. I never attributed it to adults. I feel the RCMP think the same way because in the adult section all they talk about is what to do if you know or think you child is being bullied. Nothing about what happens if you are being bullied. They also mention things like kids help phone and telling a trusted adult. So what happens if you are the adult? Is this still illegal if it is happening to an adult?
I also looked at the Government of Canada Justice system website in hope this would give me a better look at the law. In section 1.6 it discusses using technology to harass. I like this layout of the law a bit better. It seemed to include all people and not just children.
What do you think about our laws? Are they set up well enough to protect the victims of harassment?