Cyber-stalking talk by Criado-Perez

Caroline Criado-Perez was sent abusive messages on Twitter

Caroline Criado-Perez was sent abusive messages on Twitter

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Caroline Criado-Perez, whose abuse at the hands of Twitter trolls sparked headlines and debate about the nature of social networks, is due to join a Government minister in addressing a cyber-stalking conference.

Journalist Ms Criado-Perez and Jeremy Browne, the Lib Dem minister for crime prevention, will both make keynote speeches at the Cyber Stalking and Harassment Conference in London.

The conference has been organised by Women's Aid, which warned social media and associated technology provides perpetrators of domestic violence with "an extra tool to threaten, control and humiliate".

Polly Neate, the charity's chief executive, said: "Recently we have seen some shocking examples of misogynistic online abuse highlighted in the media. At Women's Aid we know that this is the tip of the iceberg.

"While many people are outraged by threats of rape and abuse, there are many women facing abuse online and in everyday life, from not only strangers but from current and former partners.

"For perpetrators of domestic violence, technology can provide them with an extra tool to threaten, control and humiliate.

"We are holding this conference to draw links between different forms of abuse and share best practice with our national network of members, who work to help and support abused women and children."

Ms Criado-Perez hit the headlines last month after she was subjected to rape and death threats after leading a successful campaign to get a woman on to the new £10 banknote.

Labour MP Stella Creasy, who also faced misogynistic abuse online in the wake of the controversy, will also attend the conference, whose speakers also include female genital mutilation campaigner Nimko Ali.

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