Thirty-eight percent of women who had been harassed online reported the experience could be described as extremely or very upsetting to them.
“When gender and severe harassment combine, the results are especially stark,” writes report author Maeve Duggan. I deleted our contact history from my phone and blocked him. But for thousands of women, and some men, the consequences of online actions have been dire.
His articulate responses drew me in, and I breathed back nerves and adrenaline with the ocean air as we continued this perfect first date.
(Theoretically because, as we’ll get into later, that doesn’t always happen the way it should.) But for those living in a state without these laws, there is little other recourse.
Take for example the case of Ian Barber in what was New York’s first “revenge porn” case.
Citron cites the case of a woman from Hawaii who wanted to sue the person who posted her nude photos online, but sought permission to do so as “Jane Doe” so her reputation wouldn’t be further maligned.
She was denied by the court, in a decision that demonstrates the “practical limits” of tort law for stopping online abuse, said Citron.