'Men send naked pics every day': youth leader

Richard Orange
Richard Orange - [email protected] • 30 Sep, 2013 Updated Mon 30 Sep 2013 08:48 CEST
'Men send naked pics every day': youth leader

Two of Norway's most prominent female youth politicians have complained that they receive naked pictures of strange men almost every day. The two argue that this kind of cyber-bullying is putting women off entering politics.


"People do not know how bad it is," Sandra Borch, who heads the Centre Party's youth wing told NRK. "I get sent pictures of naked men or nasty messages almost every day, especially on Facebook. I have simply lost count of how many such messages I have received." 
Mari Braaten, the former head of the Labour Party's youth wing in Oslo, last week received several photographs of a man's erect penis on Snapchat, a photo sharing service. 
"As it sank in I was more and more pissed off," she said. "I thought that I not be silent about what this boy had done. Men can not be allowed to think that this is okay." 
She decided to tweet in protest to try and out the perpetrator. 
Borch said that fear of facing this kind of harassment had pushed her to be less prominent publicly, and warned that other women might decide to avoid a political career. 
"I was just looking at my colleagues in the Centre youth party. There are several girls who are reluctant to take important roles, precisely because of this." 


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