Last week, our WA State Coordinator Caitlin Roper wrote about some of her experiences receiving violent rape threats for running Collective Shout campaigns. Her piece was published by The Guardian news website and sparked discussions about the ongoing issue of online threats by men to female activists and the weaknesses in law enforcement and social media systems to effectively deal with these crimes.
Last night, Caitlin and Talitha Stone were interviewed on ABC's Lateline, sharing their stories of activism and the threats that typically followed.
Watch the video here: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4121651.htm
Talitha recalled being targeted by Tyler the Creator's 1.7 million twitter followers with a barrage of threats and vitriol and the police's failure to adequately address the situation. Caitlin shared how her twitter profile had been copied and used to solicit sex to men on the internet in her name, and how the police response was to suggest she use a 'more plain' photo on her twitter profile.Read more
The time for politeness is over: in this election year let's harness a new wave of anger for real action for women and girls
Girl Rising: From Demure to Defiant
I am affected today by the final paragraph in this piece by former UK Prime Minister now UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. It echoes, I think, the mood of myself and my colleagues in Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation.Read more
Warning - this post contains some graphic images
After two years calling on City Beach to adopt corporate responsibility and withdraw their porn themed clothing range, Collective Shout recently held demonstrations outside two City Beach stores.
Says not about 'unlawful peeping' or the sex industry
Mossimo has defended its Peepshow ad campaign in an article printed by the Herald Sun. Collective Shout had recently exposed Mossimo for referencing sex industry practices and trivialising the crime of peeping in a blog post titled 'Mossimo Peepshow is Sexist Rubbish.' Mossimo's defence?Read more
Pull the Pin rallies held around the country a huge success
Collective Shout has been active in supporting the Pull the Pin rallies against child beauty pageants held around Australia on Tuesday. Some of our team were proud to host or speak at the rallies, which attracted national media attention on this important issue.
What has been remarkable about this campaign is the collaboration between various individuals and groups all working towards a common goal of seeing child beauty pageants become a thing of the past. All of us involved with this campaign have either been speaking out on camera, on radio and in news articles. It is very clear from the feedback that Australia does not want child beauty pageants here. Our little girls deserve better.
Collective Shout’s Collett Smart has written about her involvement with the Sydney Rally, as posted at FamilySmart.
One step at a time, we are changing the culture
It is always encouraging to hear from members who say they have been inspired by Collective Shout and are now taking action in their own community. We heard from one such member recently, who left this comment on our blog post about Roger David and City Beach selling degrading t-shirts. In his comment, Ben said he sent the following email to those who introduced him to Collective Shout:Read more