Since Sarah Everard’s murder and the outcry over women’s lack of safety on the streets, everyone is asking what can be done about it. There is a need for a comprehensive package of reforms covering all forms of public sexual harassment and this must include measures to make cyberflashing – where a man sends a penis image to someone without their consent – a criminal offence.
Also known as sending unsolicited “dick pics”, cyberflashing is an alarmingly common practice that has been increasing during the Covid pandemic, with young and black or ethnic minority women particularly affected.
It takes place on dating apps, in everyday social media and online interactions. It also happens in many public places and on public transport. Many women talk about having penis images sent to them, often via Bluetooth or AirDrop, while waiting in line for a coffee, in the supermarket queue or just travelling home on public transport.
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