Power and Control in Online Environment

Advances in technology and social media platforms have brought many opportunities for us to share our voices and interact with each other beyond physical space. At the same time though it has also resulted in online platforms being used for sexual violence to attack, humiliate, shame, silence and publicly expose women and girls. Those attacks have real and devastating consequences. In the last year alone, our society failed Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons, Audrie Pott as a result of cyber gender-based violence.

We live in a society that is hierarchical, structured based on various factors such as gender, race, sexual orientation to name a few, that reproduces and exerts power and control over women in different forms and it clearly shows its face in our current online environment.

To shift the culture of violence, Battered Women’s Support Services is conducting a research project to reveal and critically analyze cyber gender-based violence women and girls are experiencing.

We want to hear from women about their experience(s) of violence and/or abuse in the online world. Revealing and sharing our experiences, will help us at BWSS to understand the impact of such violence on women’s lives, the ways women fight back, and how the community responds. It is vital to develop an analysis of why this type of violence against women and girls is happening and what needs to be done to stop it.

We invite you to share your experiences and insights by completing this survey. Your responses will remain anonymous and your personal information will be kept confidential. The information we gather from the survey will be compiled in a report that will further our collective understanding of gendered violence and social media.

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