Have you ever been harassed in the street? Received a crass message on a dating app? Had a coworker make a comment about your appearance that just didn’t sit right?
You’re not alone.
With the #MeToo movement, it’s easy to log onto Twitter or Facebook and see just how many women are victims of sexual harassment. Whether in person or online, women everywhere have experienced it in one way or another. And with all the new ways the internet has opened avenues of communication, online harassment is more prevalent than ever.
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, most online abuse takes place on social media. Although men are also subject to online harassment – which includes name calling, derision, and physical threats – the study found that online, women are more than twice as likely as men to experience sexual harassment.
In addition, more than half of women ages 18-29 report having been sent sexually explicit images without their consent.
This number is only growing, and while 70% of women believe online harassment to be a major problem, not many know how to prevent it.
Women are often targeted simply because they are women. Attacks are often sexualized or misogynistic, and rhetoric tends to focus on their bodies and sexual violence. This is both physically and emotionally damaging, and women are often intimidated into silence, preferring to disengage rather than put themselves at risk.
However, there are ways we can protect ourselves.
This guide was written with the intention of empowering women to navigate the internet without fear. We discuss common occurrences in which women are subject to harassment in their daily lives – on social media, at work, while dating, and more – and give tips and advice on how women can take control.
It is important for us to note that some of the advice given here encourages anonymity, rather than risking being targeted. While this may seem to run counter to the idea of encouraging self-expression, we believe that every woman should be empowered to make that choice for herself.
Our job is to give you the tools you need to do that.
We hope this guide encourages women everywhere to defend and protect themselves, and to stand up to sexual harassment, both on and off the web.
Harassment on Social Media
The majority of online harassment takes place on social media, which makes sense given how much time most of us spend on these platforms. Broad social networks, often combined with anonymity, leads to a reality in which anything you post, tweet, or share opens you up to potential abuse.
Below, we delve into the most popular social media platforms, and show you how to protect yourself from creeps, trolls, and stalkers.
THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Have those weed-loving hippies taken their habit into the new millennium?
Maybe so: New research shows pot isn't the drug of choice for just the young anymore. More middle-aged folks, and even seniors, are lighting up nowadays, researchers say.
In fact, federal survey data show that 9 percent of adults aged 50 to 64 and nearly 3 percent of those aged 65 or older have used marijuana within the past year.
"That's almost 1 out of 10. It's still much lower than a lot of the other age groups, but it's increasing steadily," said senior researcher Joseph Palamar, an associate professor in the department of population health at NYU Langone Health in New York City.
It's double the percentage of those aged 50 to 64 who reported marijuana use a decade ago (4.5 percent), and more than seven times the percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported use back then (0.4 percent), the researchers noted.
Most of these people used marijuana back in the 1960s or 1970s, and are returning to pot use as it's become more socially acceptable, Palamar explained.
Nearly all marijuana users aged 50 to 64 and more than half those aged 65 or older first tried pot when they were 21 or younger, the study found.
"To read that they're dipping back into cannabis use in their late adulthood is not very surprising to me," said Dr. Tim Brennan, director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospitals, both in New York City.
Tough drug laws and the responsibilities of adulthood might have caused these people to stop using marijuana from the 1980s onward, he explained.
Me: Hello Is the property on Craiglist still available? 10 acre, horse property, barn, electric, Agent: Yes Me: Please send info My client will be here we will go look. Agent: Showing is by appointment only. Me: Ok, but I dont even remember where, what is the property is at. Have looked at 25 properties in so far, plus I have 5 clients Im working with now. No big deal. Agent: Ok, the property is on the MLS.
Me: MLS no? Agent: What? Me: MLS no? Agent: Are you a real estate agent?
Me: Yes, I am Agent: Why dont you have the MLS?
ME to SELF : DUH!!! YOUR CRAIGLIST DID NOT SHOW THE MLS NO!!! LADY!!! PLUS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO EASY JUST TO GIVE ME THE MLS NO. DUH! NO SALE.. BYE..
* By The Way, Since I am so Internet Savvy, I copied one of your pic and search on the pic on Google and I found your listing online. (I should not have to do this)
I found that it is too expensive for my client, but we also are looking for our own property so this would have work for us...
Took my time to do this, and it was so easy for you to just give me the MLS no.
Meanwhile.. Up by the Bay:San Francisco’s biennial one-night homeless count shows that since 2015 the western half of the city and significant residential strips of the rest of San Francisco have seen sharp increases in people living on the street — even as the citywide population of homeless people fell 0.5%, to 7,499.San Francisco Chronicle
Plus: “Recent figures released by the county show that Latino homelessness shot up 63% in the last year, a staggering number in a county that saw its overall homeless population soar 23%, despite increasing efforts to get people off the street.” Los Angeles Times
WOW.... Great job LA.
Seven Malibu homeless have now found permanent homes — including Kevin, who invited us in for a look.
By Jimy Tallal / Special to The Malibu Times
Photos by Jimy Tallal / TMT
Kevin’s new home, where he has lived for four months, is light and bright, located on a tree-lined street in Koreatown, within walking distance of grocery stores.
So far, seven formerly homeless people have found new homes and new lives off the streets thanks to the fundraising and programs put in place by the Malibu Task Force on Homelessness (MTFH), including one local man who goes simply by the name Kevin.
Kevin was homeless for 17 years (the last five years in Malibu) before finding permanent housing.
Visiting with Kevin, 57, in his new one-room apartment with hardwood floors, a bathroom and small kitchen on a tree-lined street in Koreatown, he said he is grateful to have had a real roof over his head since moving in four months ago.
“I love it,” he said with enthusiasm. “A shower with hot water — thank you! A refrigerator — thank you! Clean socks — thank you! You have no idea how important the simple things are until you lose them.”
Most of Kevin’s time homeless was spent living in a small tent and cooking with a camp stove. Originally from the Riverside area, he became homeless when his “wife passed away and everything fell apart,” he described.
“I gave up two houses and stopped caring about anything and became an alcoholic in the street,” he said. Eventually, he found a new girlfriend, but she also passed away.
He ended up in Malibu with the idea of walking to San Francisco, which didn’t happen.
“One day just leads into the next,” he noted.
In the meantime, MTFH raised enough money to hire two fulltime outreach workers with a van through The People Concern organization based in Santa Monica. The “boots on the ground” team has been actively reaching out to the homeless since last fall.
Social worker Alex Gittinger became a member of Malibu’s outreach team at the start of this year.
“I’m most surprised and happy about the willingness of Malibu community to help and give,” he said. “Quite often, I go to the Wednesday night dinners [for the homeless, at Malibu United Methodist Church].”
Staggering statistics were released last week showing a major spike in homelessness across Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) recently conducted the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count and found a nearly 25 percent jump in people living on the streets…
San Diego Tried HarderGloria secures $10 million state funding for homeless youth
An extra $10 million for homeless youth services has been included in the state budget following requests for increased funding in the field from Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego.He said there’s been some areas of improvement on homelessness — the number of homeless veterans in San Diego County has dropped according to the latest annual count, for example.
“But we are not seeing similar downward pressure on homeless youth numbers,” Gloria said Thursday. “In fact, those numbers are going up.”