There’s a new hashtag taking off online, and it seeks to end violence against women, as reported by CNN. Therefore, the #EndViolenceAgainstWomen hashtag can be seen across various social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The campaign to try and end violence against women — especially in online comments and trolling — began when women in Australia started to expose those folks abusing a columnist with their words.
The #EndViolenceAgainstWomen went viral pretty quickly after Clementine Ford got violent comments via social media. Ford reported a guy named Michael Nolan to his employer after Clementine received harassing comments from Nolan on Facebook, as reported by Daily Life. As a result, the hashtags #Istandwithclem and #IStandWithClementine have also gone viral along with the #EndViolenceAgainstWomen hashtag. Clementine is a columnist for Daily Life Australia.
“Just some feminist with bared tattoos. Clear eyes, full hearts. Can’t lose. ‘FIGHT LIKE A GIRL’ out with Allen & Unwin in 2016!”
A blog post titled “Ruiner of Men’s Lives, Evil Incarnate” by Ford shows just how deep the hateful words can run from the opening photo, which contains a screenshot of an email Ford received. Most of the language, which hopes for Ford to get attacked and raped by AIDS-infected N-words, isn’t printable.
“Over the course of a few hours last night and this morning, I went through my public Facebook page to block and delete scores of comments calling me a whore, a s***, a dumb c***, a fat b**** who needs to get laid, a b**** who should kill herself, an ugly whore with daddy issues and, in one memorable circumstance, a b**** who needed to be shot in the face and put in a grave.”
A read through some of the comments reposted on Ford’s blog shows why the #EndViolenceAgainstWomen was needed.
A man who called Ford a “s***” was fired from his job as a result of Clementine reporting him for his behavior, and the internet trolls struck again. But Ford thanked everyone who took up the #EndViolenceAgainstWomen cause in the wake of the melee.
The campaign to help end violence against women hit the net with a resounding wave, after being launched on Friday, December 4. Within a short period of time, the #EndViolenceAgainstWomen hashtag was Australia’s top trending topic on Twitter. Although names of at least 10 men appeared on Twitter as trolls, they didn’t have their Twitter, Instagram, nor Facebook handles published. The thought process was that the goal was not to make the men the victims of trolls themselves, but to get others to think twice about publishing hateful and abusive comments across social media without expecting consequences.
On Instagram, the #endviolenceagainstwomen hashtag has 6,162 posts attributed to the viral label as of this writing. Startling statistics prove that nearly 75 percent of women on the world wide web have been the targets of some kind of cyber violence. Stats like these prove the reasoning behind why some female journalists choose to avoid reading the bulk of their comments — and instead of focusing on comment moderation and ferreting out the bad stuff, spend their time on content creation.
Almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence: UN #endviolenceagainstwomen
On Facebook, posts tagged with the end violence against women hashtag prove to be a mix of news stories about Ford’s campaign to personal comments and Facebook posts about why folks are standing with Clementine to fight back against violent online comments.
On Twitter, Clementine is proving herself a funny and witty writer by dealing with her internet trolls with a large dose of humor set straight against them and their verbal violence and insults.
“It *is* confusing though, trying to figure out how I can be both a ‘c** dumpster’ and a filthy unf***able pig.
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