Tired of trolls? Want to be online without being harassed? Help us make a video against CYBERVIOLENCE!
Dear women & girls* aged 15-25,
We are making a stop motion animated video about how cyberviolence affects your daily life. But we need YOUR EXPERIENCES AND IDEAS to make the video break the internet! This video will receive a national launch through the YWCA. You can choose to remain anonymous, or decide how you would like to be quoted (e.g. first name only, twitter handle, etc.) *We use an inclusive definition of “women/girls” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary folks to participate in the survey. We are offering the first 20 participants that complete this survey $15 gift cards! Every participant (who would like to be entered) will get an entry into a draw for a surprise gift.
WHAT IS CYBERVIOLENCE?
The YWCA defines cyberviolence as “online behaviour that assaults, or leads to criminal or non-criminal assault of a person’s physical, psychological or emotional well-being. It can be perpetrated, or experienced by an individual or group, and happen via a wide range of communication technologies, including online, via smartphones, internet games, etc. Although most cyberviolence takes place online, we recognize that it affects people offline and has real world implications. Some examples of cyberviolence include, but are not limited to: online harassment, threatening, bullying, blackmailing, unwanted sexting, stalking, hate speech, luring, and non-consensual distribution of images.” We know cyberviolence is connected to all forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, colonialism, ableism etc. Violence is never your fault and never okay. If you experience cyber violence, know you are not alone.
Click here to read some tips that might make you feel better – and that you can add to your “safety toolkit”!
Also, here are some RESOURCES that you can check out too. They may help you feel better and/or safer. Remember, cyberviolence is never your fault.
· Kids Help Phone – Provides phone and web counseling for kids and youth ages 20 years and under. It is anonymous and confidential. Call 1-800-668-6868 or Visit http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/
· Assaulted Women’s Helpline – Provides crisis counselling, emotional support, referrals and information to women in up to 154 languages. It is completely anonymous and confidential. Toll-free number 1-866-863-0511
· LGBT Youthline: Provides crisis counselling, emotional support, referrals and information to the LGBTTTQQ community. Toll-free number: 1-888-687-9688
· Live Online Peer Support Chat: youthline.ca
· takebackthetech.net/be-safe/self-care-coping-and-healing #TakeBacktheTech is a campaign calling everyone, especially women and girls, to take control of technology to end violence against women. cyberviolence’s got you down/angry/scared/humiliated – you get the idea.
· onlinesafety.feministfrequency.com/en/ This is a safety planning website for anyone who fears they might be targeted, or who is already under attack, for speaking their mind online, but is especially designed for women, people of colour, trans and genderqueer people, and everyone else whose existing oppressions are made worse by digital violence.