The Impact of Online Abuse

Online abuse is a global issue and has several negative consequences:

  1. on mental health + wellbeing
  2. on progress towards gender equality
  3. on democracy

Although Online abuse can effect anyone, recent trends show online abuse disproportionality effects women, young people and women in public life.

Young People

An estimated 5.43 million young people in the UK have experienced cyberbullying, with 1.26 million subjected to extreme cyberbullying on a daily basis.- Annual Bullying Survey taken from over 2,000 British teens.

In Europe, 9 million girls have experienced some kind of cyber violence by the time they are 15 years old.


Globally, women are 27 times more likely to be harassed online.- European Women’s Lobby 2017

Women in Public Life