Actions taken by women worldwide upon experiencing online abuse or harassment as of July 2017

Actions taken by women experiencing cyber bullying 2017 This statistic presents the most common actions taken by women worldwide upon experiencing online abuse or harassment. During the July 2017 survey period, 57 percent of survey respondents who have experienced online abuse stated that they had blocked the account that were abusing or harassing them. Only eight percent of respondents had reported online harassment to the police.
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Share of respondents
I reported the abuse or harassment to the company running the website or social media platform22%
I reported the abuse or harassment to a moderator or another responsible person working for the platform or website15%
I reported the abuse or harassment to the police8%
I blocked the account(s) that were abusing/harassing me57%
I took action in another way15%
I did not take any action18%
Prefer not to say2%
Share of respondents
I reported the abuse or harassment to the company running the website or social media platform22%
I reported the abuse or harassment to a moderator or another responsible person working for the platform or website15%
I reported the abuse or harassment to the police8%
I blocked the account(s) that were abusing/harassing me57%
I took action in another way15%
I did not take any action18%
Prefer not to say2%

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This statistic presents the most common actions taken by women worldwide upon experiencing online abuse or harassment. During the July 2017 survey period, 57 percent of survey respondents who have experienced online abuse stated that they had blocked the account that were abusing or harassing them. Only eight percent of respondents had reported online harassment to the police.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
June 26 to July 3, 2017
Number of respondents
911 respondents
Age group
18 to 55 years
Special properties
who have ever experienced online abuse or harassment
Method of interview
Online panel
Supplementary notes
QA3A. Thinking about the time that you experienced abuse or harassment online, which, if any of the following, did you do? Please select all that apply for each
Countries surveyed: UK, United States, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Denmark.
Total survey n= 4,009

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