As Online Gender-Based Violence Booms, Governments Drag Their Feet

After ex-boyfriend disguised himself as social media, a strange man came to the place where Kang Yu-jin (whose name is a pseudonym) works, posted sexual images, and said he wanted to find a man to have sex with.

Lee Ye-rin’s boss gave her a watch. After a while, she examined the model and discovered that it was a spycam that had been on his phone for weeks in her bedroom.

Oh Su Jin was a student who was short of cash when he got a job as a nude model under a contract not to share any photos. Anyway, it was posted on the internet and sold.

All three women are the survivors of a rising wave of gender-based online violence that governments and businesses have not been able to effectively tackle. Eugene, Yerin, and Soojin are from South Korea, and Human Rights Watch sees how the combination of rapid technological advances and serious gender inequality is accelerating the spread of gender-based violence online. Is being recorded.

But the Internet and technology are global, and as is the case with misogyny, the issue of online gender-based violence is global one..Helpline Pakistan And that England The number of calls has skyrocketed this year.Politicians are targeted by leaked sexual images in countries including: France, Georgia, India And that We..United Nations Special rapporteur Regarding violence against women, in 2018, he wrote that the need to protect women’s rights “is spreading in the digital space of social media …”. There are also new forms of violence, such as non-consensual distribution of intimate content obtained with or without consent, for the purpose of embarrassing, stigmatizing, or harming victims. “

Of course, there’s nothing new about gender-based violence, or that the government doesn’t take it seriously. Technology and the Internet are flourishing and spreading to every aspect of our lives, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, we can expect it to create new opportunities for the most female-targeted violent performers. I did.

As expected, the government’s response has been delayed.Including the Korean government, and several others Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, South AfricaAnd the United Kingdom have taken various steps to curb gender-based violence online, but large gaps remain in most countries and many survivors feel helpless.

Governments and law enforcement authorities (mostly men) seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the seriousness of gender-based violence online and often consider it a minor occurrence “only” online. I have. This misunderstands how online gender violence is associated with other forms of violence, and is no longer relevant in a world where phones track our movements and transactions and communications occur more and more. No online / offline dichotomy concept perpetuates online.

Perpetrators of online gender-based violence in South Korea usually avoid prison time. One survivor was so dissatisfied with the police’s refusal to register the complaint that he asked the police officer, “Do you only act if this causes physical or material damage?” rice field. “Yes,” he replied.

The effects of online gender-based violence are devastating and sometimes fatal. Once the image was viewed online, anyone who viewed it could have captured it, and anyone who captured the image could repost it for the rest of the survivor’s life. increase.

Survivors often find themselves constantly searching online for new attacks. After the man came to Yujin’s job, she quit her job, ran away from home, and continued to look for her new post. “For two months, I think it was all day,” she said. “And while doing this, I really wanted to die. I wanted to jump in front of a car or train.” A woman who died of suicide after being secretly photographed by a colleague. The father said, “She was worried.’What if someone sees it?’ Every time she receives a call.”

All governments need to act to promote gender equality and fulfill their international legal obligations to protect people from violence.

  • Serving all endangered people, including legal advice, psychosocial support, removal and blocking of these materials, and deliberately hosting, amplifying, illegal content on internet platforms. And take responsibility for not making a profit.
  • By passing legislation recognizing the seriousness of online gender-based violence and the various forms it takes, the judicial system works for survivors, giving them the option of seeking financial damages as well as prosecution. Give. Understand the serious harm that police and prosecutors are involved in and make sure that you are liable for the abuse or dismissal of survivors.
  • Most importantly, governments need to normalize or change the social attitudes of celebrating online gender-based violence. A detective working on gender violence online said, “One perpetrator told me that when he did this he felt he was recognized as a real man.” “She doesn’t see women as humans, so I believe some men prefer non-consensual images to professionally produced pornography,” the survivor said.

Companies also have an obligation to support. The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, approved by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011, state:[a]Disables causing or contributing to human rights adverse effects “and”[s]We aim to prevent or mitigate the negative impacts on human rights that are directly related to our business, products or services. “

More than services and arrests are needed to challenge established gender inequality that persists in almost every country and fosters online gender-based violence. Deep cultural change is needed through steps such as consent, gender equality, and comprehensive sexuality education for all children covering responsible digital citizenship. There is also a need for significant cultural change within the technology company. Technology companies too often design their products by men who cannot consider and defend against how they can be used to commit gender-based violence.

The growing role of the Internet in our lives has highlighted how urgent it is to end an abusive attitude towards women and how much we must go into this struggle.

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