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A Report from ANROWS Indicates Online Abuse

A fresh study was issued by the Australia National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) on July 27, 2022. The findings of the study revealed how the usage of technology has become more dangerous, specifically for women.

The research report shows and tells how technology-facilitated abuse (TFA) is very common in Australia. The report conducted a survey for people in Australia who are 18 years and older. The survey was made of 18 questions and ANROWS received 4,526 filled surveys. The surveys were filled by men and women and the gender demographics were 2,499 women and 2,063 men.

The survey indicated at least one in two people who completed the survey have experienced TFA. According to ANROWS, the surveys show how TFA victimisation is widespread among adults, but particularly so among those in romantic relationships. The survey indicated that 852 of the participants have experienced TFA victimisation in a current or past partner relationship.

The report found that there are differences between how men and women are involved in facing TFA. It shows that those women are dramatically more likely to face TFA from a man than a woman. Also according to ANROWS’ report, women who participated in the survey have experienced TFA more than men who completed the survey.

Amy Lopez, an engineering technician, said that individuals can accomplish so much online if they have expertise with technology.

“There are so many websites and resources and everyone can use them to stalk and follow people if their location is on, like stalking especially, and women face this a lot,” she said.

A university student in Australia, Loucy Johanson, said using the internet can be very useful for many things in our lives, but not everyone is using it for the same reason.

“We have very good online resources and they can be used for good reasons, but also can be used to cyberbully, peer pressure and body image pressure,” she said.

Loucy Johanson said people should protect themselves and not share everything online.

“We need to be careful of what we say and share on the internet, and there are just so many platforms and websites that people use and connect with strangers and, in my opinion, it's absolutely wrong,” she said.

On the other hand, the findings of the study demonstrated that women are more likely than men to report 'emotional or psychological repercussions of TFA.'


Edited by Lindsey Neri

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