A new report by Plan International, a humanitarian organisation that advances children's rights and equality for girls, says more than half of girls around the world have been harassed and abused online.
Released yesterday, the State of the World’s Girls Report says one in four girls abused online feels physically unsafe as a result, and online abuse is silencing girls’ voices.
“Harassment takes a profound toll on girls’ confidence and wellbeing, with 39% of those surveyed saying it lowers self-esteem, 38% saying it creates mental and emotional stress, and 18% saying it can cause problems at school,” it says.
The most common type of attack is abusive and insulting language, reported by 59% of girls who have been harassed, followed by purposeful embarrassment (41%), body shaming and threats of sexual violence (both 39%).
The Plan International research is based on a survey of 14 000 girls aged 15-25 in 22 countries.
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