Female sports stars’ get sent unsolicited images of male genitalia daily ‘… with the feeling of the Women’s Super League players, too often photos are sent to report every incident’
- Female sports stars receive unsolicited images of male genitalia on a daily basis
- Some athletes feel the problem is too widespread to report every incident
- A lawyer says the problem will only get worse as women’s sport gets a bigger profile
- Social media giants have been called to introduce mandatory ID verification
- Liverpool recently issued a statement condemning the abuse of Rinsola Babajide
Female sports stars are sent unsolicited photos of male genitalia daily, a lawyer said.
While it is a criminal offense to send these images without the consent of the recipient, anonymous accounts are bombarding professional footballers, cricketers and rugby players.
Players in the Women’s Super League, the top football league in this country, have said the magnitude of the problem means they find it unrealistic to report every incident, according to a report in the US. i newspaper said.
Female sports stars are sent unsolicited images of male genitalia every day
Liverpool has condemned racist and sexist abuse sent to women player Rinsola Babajide
Matt Himsworth regularly conducts workshops with first-team players in men’s and women’s games and admits that he was amazed at the regularity with which female athletes receive these images.
‘It was shocking to hear female athletes say to me that this is something that happens all the time. It means social media is an unsafe environment, ”he said.
“ We do a lot of education sessions with women’s groups, whether it’s under 18s or first-team squads, and we are very supportive and say this is an exciting time, but they will also have some of the awful filth that happens. with the male game and still get the awful grime you get as female athletes. They will suffer.
One thing we say to all female footballers, rugby players and cricketers is that it is neither good nor acceptable. It is a crime to send something indecent, obscene or threatening in character.
“Our advice to players is that if you receive messages that make your life unbearable, we will support them in any criminal action or prosecution.”
Social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for opposing calls to all users to undergo mandatory ID verification before opening an account following a wave of high profile incidents involving players being racially abused.
Liverpool said the abuse Babajide received was ‘terrible’ and backed her up
Swansea is boycotting social media for a week to protest racist abuse against their players
Swansea is currently participating in a weeklong social media boycott in protest of the racist messages that players Ben Cabango, Yan Dhanda and Jamal Lowe have received online.
Meanwhile, Liverpool condemned the ‘unacceptable’ racist and sexist assault received by top female player Rinsola Babajide, and men’s team captain Jordan Henderson turned over his Twitter account to an anti-cyberbullying charity.
Himsworth represented sportswomen whose iCloud accounts and explicit messages were leaked online, with a malicious account deleted after a year and a half, with Twitter asking the sportswoman to send an ID before taking any action, despite ID not required is for the perpetrators to open an account.
Jordan Henderson turned over his Twitter account to a cyberbullying charity
The deleted account targeted other female athletes, Himsworth said.
“As a lawyer, you can’t wave a magic wand and make it disappear because it’s spreading,” he admitted.
“Images and photos will appear on many different websites, making it difficult to completely erase them.”