Virtual violence is getting more prominent by the day. Mobilizing for Rights Associates (MRA) is well aware of this and has just unveiled, a few days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, its report entitled ” Virtual violence, real harm: Promoting the responsibility of womenVirtual violence, real harm: Promoting State responsibility for violence against women facilitated by technology in Morocco”.
Conducted in collaboration with seven Moroccan NGOs, this research examines and analyzes the experiences of women and the response of public actors to violence against women facilitated by information and communication technologies commonly known as ICT, as MRA explained in a statement that for their report she relied on field consultations with 1,800 women. Specifically, this 2.0 violence is in the form of harassment, threats, blackmail, as well as non-consensual dissemination of private images through social networks, the Internet, or the telephone. The results?
- In more than half of the reported cases, the perpetrator was unknown to the victim or had acted anonymously.
- More than one in four women reported experiencing an extra form of “offline” violence related to “online” violence.
- Only one in ten women reported violence to public authorities.
- The research revealed four cases in which the victim of violence had herself been prosecuted for illicit sexual relations and eight cases of female suicide attempts, but only nine cases where perpetrators were arrested .