Learn how to protect yourself online in this dedicated self-defence webinar for women
It’s an unfortunate reality that women are more commonly the target of abuse and threatening behaviour online. For example, twice as many women as men have had their nude/sexual images shared without consent.
This kind of image-based abuse falls under the umbrella of ‘cyber abuse’, a term that also covers things like trolling, doxing and swatting, and cyberstalking. Women are often on the receiving end of sexist, harassing and disrespectful comments or threatening behaviour just because of their gender or sexual identity.
This behaviour is more than simply distasteful – it can have devastating consequences, ranging from disrupted sleep and lowered self-esteem to depression, self-harm and even suicide.
We want those in our community who identify as female to have positive online experiences and to feel empowered and in control. That’s why we’re holding an online self-defence class designed to give you practical advice on how to protect yourself as you study and socialise online.
Hosted by Anita L’Enfant from the eSafety Commissioner’s Women in the Spotlight program, you’ll hear real-life stories of online abuse and how it can affect women as they study and work, as well as information on the latest cyber abuse research.
During the webinar, you’ll learn:
- how to recognise online abuse, and the impact it has on women and gender equality
- how to set up and use your social media accounts and profiles with safety in mind
- when and how to report to workplaces, platforms, eSafety or the police
- how you can look after yourself when dealing with online abuse
- how to support each other to call out online abuse in a safe and effective way.
When: Thursday 27 October, 3–4pm
Support is always available
If you’ve witnessed or experienced any offensive, discriminatory, harassing, bullying or other inappropriate behaviours, we can support you. Please contact:
- Safer Community – Deakin’s central point of contact for reports of sexual harm, family violence and concerning behaviour. All assistance is confidential.
- Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) – free and confidential psychological support.
- Student Conduct Team – investigates allegations of poor student behaviour, conduct issues and policy breaches. You can report any concerns through an online form. Student Conduct will respect your privacy, and you can also report anonymously or on behalf of someone else.
If you’re in immediate danger, contact police on Triple Zero (000). 24/7 support is also available from 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) and Lifeline (13 11 14).