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Australia: MP says police should take online threats seriously

18:58 Oct 21 2015 Melbourne VIC, Australia

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Australian MP Tim Watts, Federal Labor Member for Gellibrand in Melbourne's West, said in an article in the local edition of the Huffington Post that "police need to start taking online threats seriously. It is important that the public see that the men who engage in these kinds of behaviours being charged with the (existing) criminal offences that they are committing".

Watts also considered that there's need to call out "this abusive behaviour for what it really is -- a group of men trying to exercise power over prominent women".

He added that " Leaders should be encouraging everyone, including bystanders, to take action to end abuse and harassment of women online".
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