Text and email harassment revealed  

AmberSolaire 41M
2630 posts
2/5/2006 3:33 am

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3/24/2006 1:18 am

Text and email harassment revealed

Saw this and thought of you guys...........

One in eight people have received an offensive or harassing email in the last year, according to Government research.

The Home Office study also showed one in 11 people questioned had received a similar unpleasant message by mobile phone text or voicemail.

Men aged 26 to 30 were most likely to be the victims of email harassment. ( which surprised me)

The report, which drew on the British Crime Survey (BCS) and the Offending, Crime and Justice Survey, found that 6.9% of people who owned a mobile phone had had it stolen in the previous year.

The report Fraud and Technology Crimes, also showed that just over 18% of households with internet access said their computer had been affected by a computer virus in the previous year.

Some 15% admitted downloading pirated software or music from the internet, while just under 1% of those aged 10 to 65 questioned for the BCS admitted they had knowingly sent a computer virus in the same period.

The questionnaires, carried out in 2002 and 2003, were "the first large-scale surveys to ask specifically about mobile phone harassment", said the report.

In all, 8.7% of mobile phone owners said they had received offensive or harassing messages - 4.2% by text message, 3.7% by voice message and 0.8% by both.

Women were more likely than men to have received offensive messages - 9.9% compared with 7.6%.

It appears this sort of behaviour is widespread across all forms of technology and is carried out by both sexes.If its happened to you , you are by no means alone and it isnt necessarily anything you have done.

So have a good weekend and remember to be safe out there...........

helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
2/5/2006 10:18 am

It may also interest you to know this...

Under Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1998 it is an offence to send an indecent, offensive or threatening letter, electronic communication or other article to another person and under Section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 it is a similar offence to send a telephone message which is indecent offensive or threatening. In both cases the offence is punishable with up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5000. Because the Malicious Communications Offence is more wide ranging than the Telecommunications offence it is more likely to be used by the Police than the Telecommunications Act offence.

I had cause to discover this for myself just recently, and my advice to anyone who finds themselves at the end of Internet harassment, is to report it to the authorities. If we do, we can all sleep better at night, and people will definitely think twice before sending malicious emails.

You may think it's a joke, but I certainly don't!


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

PailsDiverHonks 55F

2/5/2006 4:44 pm

Thanks for the info...

Where can I email you an offensive email at?

GleesFlakyShawl 49M
1620 posts
2/5/2006 8:05 pm

so are cell phones weapons of mass harassment? are they to bomb the manufacturing plants???????

EE407 41F
3903 posts
2/11/2006 2:29 am

<<< surprised to see Amber here... no sun right now!

Babel__Fish 45F

2/11/2006 7:34 am

Thanks for the info!!!


papyrina 50F
21133 posts
2/11/2006 2:28 pm

never gets any sorry mind i never send any either

I'm a

i'm here to stay

Tala4u2 53M  
2957 posts
2/12/2006 9:18 pm

Typical sooky pom whining about nasty peoples sending nasty messages.
More abuse available and you don't even have to ask, it will all be gratis mate.

Tala, Wizard of The Kingdom of BooBoBia, DEITY,

PailsDiverHonks 55F

2/13/2006 7:54 pm


rm_PurryKitty2 48M/49F
9753 posts
2/19/2006 8:01 am


Purry {=}


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