A British politician has revealed she received more than 600 rape threats in one night after launching a campaign against sexist online bullying.
Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, declared that Twitter was “dead”, after she was subjected to around 5000 Twitter notifications of people discussing whether or not they would sexually assault her.
Ms Phillips revealed earlier this year that she had been sexually assaulted as a 19-year-old.
The MP, who has played a leading role in launching the ‘Reclaim the internet’ campaign, said that the “ringleaders” of the abuse should face either civil or criminal action.
Speaking about the recent abuse, the Labour MP told the BBC: “I could never block them – you would need someone employed full time to block the amount of people who have been in touch with me over the weekend.
“It’s not a solution just to block and ignore them in my case. The only solution in stopping me seeing it is if I stop going on Twitter which is a very real possibility.”
– The Telegraph, London