Saturday 16 December 2017

Man who allegedly made online rape threats charged

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A man who allegedly made rape threats online has been charged with 'using a carriage service to menace, harrass, or cause offence'.

Olivia Melville hit the headlines in 2014 after a 'troll' uploaded her Tinder profile to Facebook.

The profile, which included a quote from rapper Drake in the bio, was slammed on the social network with Melville reporting receiving death and rape threats online.

Woman threatened with rape after troll uploads her Tinder profile to Facebook

Melville's friend Paloma Brierly Newton took to her Facebook page at the time to say that she would be taking screenshots of the comments to the police.

Melville's friends then set up the advocacy group 'Sexual Violence Won't Be Silenced' (SVWBS) to fight back against online sexual harassment and cyberbullying. They also launched a petition to get the government to act on the issue of "online sexual violence".

A man who is alleged to have made rape threats to some members of the group has been charged in New South Wales.

The man will appear at Newtown Local Court on Thursday 29th October.

A spokesperson for the SVWBS told Buzzfeed News that the group "support and acknowledge that the matter is now in the hands of the Australian legal system and are hopeful that justice will be served accordingly".

"The group acknowledges that it has taken a lot of campaigning and understand that not every person who experiences online violence has the time, resources or support network to start a campaign after being harassed. That’s why, regardless of the outcome of this legal case, SVWBS will continue to fight for better laws, training and education surrounding online harassment".

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