#EndViolenceAgainstWomen: The campaign started as a show of support for columnist Clementine Ford, who spoke out against online abusers earlier this week. Photo: Supplied
Thousands of women - including some of Australia's most prominent journalists - have joined a social media campaign to name and shame the men who harass and abuse them online.
The campaign was launched by Sydney journalist and Fairfax contributor Kerri Sackville, who along with members of a private Facebook group, began tweeting the names of the trolls alongside the hashtag #EndViolenceAgainstWomen earlier this morning.
Minutes later, it was already the top trending hashtag on Twitter.
The campaign was launched as a show of support for Daily Life columnist Clementine Ford, who earlier this week became the target of even more misogynist abuse after she reported Twitter user Michael Nolan's online harassment of her to his employer Meriton, resulting in his firing.
"The campaign was born of reading through the messages on Clem's social media posts and I was horrified. There are men threatening to rape, maim and murder her," Sackville told Huffington Post.
"I want these men to know that if you attack one of us, you attack all of us."
Naming the abusive puts the shame where it belongs; with he (& occasionally she) who uses words as weapons. #endviolenceagainstwomen— Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) December 4, 2015
Writing about her decision to report Nolan to Meriton earlier this week, Ford said: "I'm sick and tired of women being held responsible for the actions men choose to take. Don't report abuse because it might have detrimental effects on a man's reputation or career. Think of his family. What about his employers? Why are you doing this to him? It's not fair. Why can't you just suck it up and take the bullshit, misogyny and abuse that men think is their right to express every day? Why can't you just do that? Why do you have to be such a f---ing bitch about it?"
"Women have tolerated this kind of abuse for too long," she wrote.
In an interview about the campaign with ABC, Sackville said people outside the Facebook group could join in by screen-shotting the abusive tweets they've received and posting them online.
"There are some women who have joined the group but they are too traumatised from past threats of violence online they just don't feel strong enough to participate - but we will do it for them," she said.
"We're not slandering them, we're not abusing them, just posting their name. [The comments are] already in public domain, it's just taking that next step."
.@TheChiaChia I thought it would be 5 or 10 women. I am overwhelmed and SO PROUD of our community. Beyond xxxxxxxx— Kerri Sackville (@KerriSackville) December 3, 2015
And here we are, three hours in, and no one's run out of examples of abuse, because it's that damn prolific #endviolenceagainstwomen— Jessamy Gleeson (@jessamy_sesame) December 4, 2015
Offenders need to be punished, not just by being called out but with law enforcement that believes women. #endviolenceagainstwomen— Maeve Marsden (@maevegobash) December 3, 2015