The terrifying truth about online trolls: there is nothing virtual about them.

“Essentially the internet is no different to our offline lives. Just like we have civil society offline we need it online too,” she says. “If someone came up to me in the supermarket and said “I’m going to cut your uterus out and kill your children” no one would suggest not visiting the supermarket.”

And yet, that is effectively the advice law enforcement have given victims of cyber hate and cyber bullying.

‘Stay off the internet love’, is what Gorman was told by police when she reported the flood of abuse she was facing.

“Women are increasingly becoming the objects of these tsunamis of hate. It is the virus of misogyny and it’s not ok.”

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