Title

Revenge porn: A pernicious form of cyber gender harassment [Commentary]

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-15-2013

Language

en-US

Abstract

Being a woman, especially a woman of color, raises one's risk of cyber harassment — the intentional infliction of severe emotional distress through persistent online speech.

The University of Maryland studied online attacks occurring on an Internet chat medium and found that users with female names received, on average, 100 "malicious private messages" — defined as those with "sexually explicit or threatening" language — for every four received by male users. User gender had a "significant impact" on the number of malicious private messages sent and "no significant impact" on other kinds of attacks, such as attempts to send files with viruses to users, the study said. It noted that males "specifically" targeted females.

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