Abuse

The Ask.fm Disaster

Danielle Lowe | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

I now no longer feel comfortable using ask.fm after I received threats and abuse that lead me to want to end my own life. I don't know whether they were doing it as some sick joke, they knew me personally or just hurl abuse at 'the twitter left'.

Workplace Bullying, Abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It's True, Your Boss Can Give You PTSD

Malory Nye | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Malory Nye

Thankfully, the issue of bullying, abuse and harassment at work has become firmly acknowledged in many respects in recent years. The psychological harm this can cause to someone at work is recognised, but it is still rare that such harm is understood in terms of PTSD.

Could Twitter's Verified Accounts Be the Answer to Stopping Tweet Threats?

Mark Wilson | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Tech
Mark Wilson

Perhaps Twitter should consider looking at verified accounts in a completely different way... maybe it should be a compulsory part of signing up for an account. If you've handed over government issued identification papers during sign-up (driving license, passport etc) to prove who you are, you're significantly less likely to start sending out death threats - unless you're stupid.

Haters Gonna Hate, Trolls Gonna Troll

Tom Ward | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Tech
Tom Ward

Criticism is great and without it there'd be a lot less motivation for humans to push themselves and keep coming up with better films, better ways of farming, better cars and better air travel, but empty, meaningless remarks don't help anyone. And if the authors of such remarks are being honest, it doesn't help them either.

Generation Troll: Twitter Abuse and Explaining Yourself to Mum and Dad

Luke Massey | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Luke Massey

his week we found out that sending grotesque abuse online isn't that fun when your mum finds out about it. And it made me wonder... how will online behaviour change when all of our parents are online, or rather when we are the parents online?

A 'Report Abuse' Button on Twitter Will Create More Problems Than It Solves

Sharon O'Dea | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Tech
Sharon O'Dea

We should be careful what we wish for. A button will not, alone, rid Twitter (or the wider world) of mysogyny and abuse. These are complex issues that will take more than a button to resolve. But 'report abuse' buttons have been known to be widely abused on other networks.

Ban Rape Porn Now, Says Women's Rights Campaigners

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK

Porn that simulates women being raped and glamourises the act - even if parties are consenting - should be made illegal, a coalition of campaigners ha...

Cardinal Keith O'Brien To Leave Scotland For 'Spiritual Renewal'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who admitted that his sexual conduct had "fallen beneath the standards" expected of him, "will be leaving Scotland f...

Rendering Children Obese Is Child Abuse

William J. Furney | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
William J. Furney

An Oxford Dictionary definition of the word "abuse" is to "use or treat in such a way as to cause damage or harm." There is no mistaking the stark facts: childhood obesity leads to horrors such as various cancers, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression and many more.

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Children in Care from Sexual Exploitation

Tom Rahilly | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK
Tom Rahilly

There is some excellent work going on, but too many children's homes simply aren't getting to the bottom of why young people go missing. To use the jargon, the state must be a 'corporate parent' to them. Put simply, that means to act the same way as any decent parent would.

Domestic Abuse - Terrorism in the Home

Annabel Burn | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

We live in a country that prides itself on it's freedom and equality, and yet thousands of women live here in terror. Domestic Abuse has recently bee...

Adoptees: Lucky Escape or Forgotten Victims?

Ben Acheson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Adoption is widely regarded as a perfect arrangement for all parties and whilst it does generally benefit everyone involved, it is naive, one-dimensional and even dangerous to assume that it is a purely positive event without repercussions.

The Problem With PETA

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

I love animals. I really do. I'm a sucker for every cute kitten video and baby hedgehog GIF on the internet. Although I myself am not vegetarian, I barely eat meat and come from a family of vegetarians. I am staunchly against cosmetic animal testing, battery farming, and cruelty to animals in general. And yet despite this, I am also vehemently against PETA.

Not Forgetting Online Abuse

Paul Lambert | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Lambert

Clearly we as society, policymakers and website service providers need to consider how we can do more to ensure less people become victims of online abuse, commit suicide, have "bad internet experiences," are forced to move from school to school, home to home, and are even afraid to use the internet.

Chronically Ill Children at Risk

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

A young child who is chronically ill or disabled in some way, weak and fragile, may easily fall victim to sexual abuse. Unfortunately a child whether physically or mentally handicapped can be at high risk; not understanding and often unable to communicate what is actually happening to them.

Archbishop Apologises For Church's Slow Action Over Woman's Abuse

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has apologised to a woman whose complaint of abuse was not taken seriously by a senior Church of England c...

We Must End the Conspiracy of Silence Surrounding the Abuse of Women in Asian Communities

Mahmood Naji | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

There is a specific form of abuse that I have noticed is most endemic in Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities. We hear of exceptional cases, of beatings, of forced marriages, of honour killings. But herein lies part of the problem.

Cardinal Sex Scandal 'A Serious Blow' To Scottish Catholics

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

Cardinal Keith O'Brien's temporary successor has told a congregation there is little doubt the credibility and moral authority of the Catholic Church ...

Cardinal Admits Sexual Conduct 'Below Standards Expected Of Me'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has admitted that his sexual conduct had at times "fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardin...

We Must Do More to Give Child Abuse Victims a Voice

Carol Long | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK
Carol Long

The terrible commonality in all of these abuse cases is that children were afraid to speak out or did not think they would be believed. In Rochdale when victims did initially speak out, we now know they were not believed, and because of this some children continued to be abused.

Children Abandoned and Betrayed by the Church and State

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

How could virtually a whole society divest themselves of their moral responsibility for some of their most vulnerable citizens by handing over thousands of women and children to the Catholic Church to be kept in servitude in the Magdalene laundries? As we now know this happened in Ireland.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien Resigns To Contest 'Inappropriate Behaviour' Claims

Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has resigned to contest claims of inappropriate behaviour. Three priests and a former priest complained to the Vatican about...

Cardinal Should Help Pick Next Pope Despite Allegations, Says Leading Catholic

Posted 24.02.2013 | UK

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric should be allowed to help choose the next Pope despite facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour, the ...

The Battle Against Forced Marriages Continues

Priya Shah | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Shah

Whilst Jasvinder's case was horrific, it was not an isolated one. Plenty more young girls were not forced marriage survivors like her, but instead faced the disastrous consequences of it, including honour-based crimes and even death.

The Faggot Problem on Twitter

James Dixon | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Tech
James Dixon

A quick search on Twitter pulls up an unending list of people using the term as a slur outside of its original context as a homophobic insult. The term has been adopted as a synonym to idiot and other generic insults. Whilst this has desensitised the word's meaning, the undertones of homophobic hate still linger unpleasantly.