Online dating consequences
There is no excuse for sexual harassment, online or offline.
Approximately 27% of women and 11% of men in the U. have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner and reported at least one measured impact related to these or other forms of violence in that relationship.
If you don’t believe your actions hold any consequences for you, then there is no fear of the social ramifications which might normally keep certain behaviours in check.
John Suler called this the “online disinhibition effect”.
Quite clearly this person meant to frighten and intimidate her.
It’s something many women have experienced online and, although Hewson tried to make light of it she was left feeling shocked, and quit the site.Violent threats, hostile outbursts and being blackmailed into sending explicit images, are just some examples of the potential fall-out a woman might face – even for just ignoring or rebuffing a would-be suitor.The unwanted dick pic appears on this spectrum of behaviour.In the Refinery 29 article, one person agreed that dick pics are a form of “lashing out …caused by being so thoroughly ignored by so many women.” A male participant from a study on young adults’ sexting was more unequivocal still, comparing those who send unwanted images with a “flasher in a raincoat”. In the UK, a conviction under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 can lead to a two year prison sentence.