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Understanding Cyberstalking Will Make Women Safer – Fascinating Evening in St Albans

Staying Safe Online: the truth about Cyberstalking – an event for 16 Days of Activism to end gender based violence

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On Monday 27 Nov our Soroptimist women’s group, Violence Against Women Team hosted an event at the Maltings Theatre St Albans – please scroll through the pictures here for a flavour of this fascinating evening if you missed it. Dr Emma Short demonstrated clearly her expertise on the field of cyberstalking (see below for more information about Emma and the content of her presentation). Cyberstalking is a crime against (mostly) women and must be taken more seriously because it wrecks lives. Awareness raising is essential and this event is part of that process. Emma presented some fascinating and scary information and the audience listened intently. She advised everyone to take up the advice from Get Safe Online – there are some simple steps we can all take to be safer on-line. Emma was delighted with the great quality questions from the strong St Albans audience. There are events like this taking place all over the world for the “16 Days of Activism to end gender based violence against women”.

The event was recorded by Radio Verulam 92.6FM and is available to listen to here it was broadcast on The Parents Show at 8pm on 7 Dec – and starts 4.30 secs in

Emma’s presentation is available to download here Cyberstalking Presentation

We are grateful for sponsorship by: EP Productions which means that all proceeds from ticket sales can be shared by the St Albans & Hertsmere Women’s Refuge and the  Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge

This event marked the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to 10 December, Human Rights Day

This fascinating talk explained the hidden harm caused by the targeted intrusion through online means and gave insights into the types of behaviour associated with most risk. It also set out the need for change and steps that we can all take to create a safer environment in cyberspace.

*       The trauma of being cyberstalked explained

*       Hearing about the damage to lives directly from victims of cyberstalking

*       Recognising when you are being cyberstalked

*       Understanding the risk posed by cyberstalkers

*       Safeguarding yourself and those important to you

Speaker Biography: Dr Emma Short (pictured here) is a Reader in Cyberpsychology and is based at the University of Bedfordshire. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). As Director of the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR) she is a researcher in online behaviour, and currently leading a Home Office funded project designed to improve capabilities in the police response to cyber harassment and cyberstalking. Emma’s research has identified that the impact of sustained online threat which characterises cyberstalking, poses significant risk, with many victims reporting clinical levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is a regular contributor to press and broadcast media in these areas.

Talk sponsor: EP Productions