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More Than Half Of Young Women Have Been Abused Online, Study Says

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A study released this week found that nearly 60% of young women ages 15 to 25 have been the victim of online harassment and abuse, with a staggering 39% of those saying they’ve been threatened with sexual violence while online.

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Plan International, an advocacy group for children’s rights and gender equality, this week released the findings of a study into online harassment that it says is the largest to have been done.

Of the respondents who have been abused online, nearly 60% said they’ve experienced insulting language, followed by targeted humiliation (41%) body shaming (39%) and threats of sexual violence (39%).

More than half of respondents from the LGBTQ+ community said they’d been harassed for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and nearly 40% who are part of

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‘Abused women aren’t allowed to be angry’

Samantha Morton starred in I Am Kirsty last year
Samantha Morton starred in I Am Kirsty last year

Oscar-nominated British actress Samantha Morton has said she is “fuming” about how society treats abused women, like her late mother.

The star reflected on her difficult childhood, in and out of care homes, and her relationships with her parents for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

She said she “wouldn’t be who I am today” without her mum Pamela, whom she was unable to live with as a child.

“But I am fuming at how society behaves around mental health issues for women.”

She added: “My mum had a very, very traumatic childhood. And it’s fascinating now as a mother and as a woman growing up to go ‘wow’.”

‘Things weren’t talked about’

She described her mother, whom she said was abused as a child, as “kind, subservient. vulnerable, funny” and “beautiful”, but noted how nobody else had a good word

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Samantha Morton: ‘Abused women aren’t allowed to be angry’

Samantha Morton starred in I Am Kirsty last yearImage copyright
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Samantha Morton starred in I Am Kirsty last year

Oscar-nominated British actress Samantha Morton has said she is “fuming” about how society treats abused women, like her late mother.

The star reflected on her difficult childhood, in and out of care homes, and her relationships with her parents for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

She said she “wouldn’t be who I am today” without her mum Pamela, whom she was unable to live with as a child.

“But I am fuming at how society behaves around mental health issues for women.”

She added: “My mum had a very, very traumatic childhood. And it’s fascinating now as a mother and as a woman growing up to go ‘wow’.”

‘Things weren’t talked about’

She described her mother, whom she said was abused as a child, as “kind, subservient. vulnerable, funny” and “beautiful”, but noted

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