Women & social media

Finding strength to deal with online sexual violence

Victims of sexual abuse on the Internet speak out about the sharing of their photos on sex websites, unwanted messages, victim-blaming and how they cope with the trauma

Aware said its Sexual Assault Care Centre saw an almost threefold rise in technology-facilitated sexual violence cases from 2016 to 2018. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: ISTOCKPHOTO
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In October 2016, civil servant Serene (not her real name) was contacted by a stranger on Telegram Messenger with alarming news.

Photos of her had been posted on the Sammyboy online sex forum under a thread called "The Cream of the Crops", which shared pictures of young women from local universities and junior colleges alongside crude commentary.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 08, 2020, with the headline Finding strength to deal with online sexual violence. Subscribe