Online abuse

  1. Councillor says online abuse 'led me close to suicide'

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A south Cumbrian politician is urging people to be kinder online, after abuse he received when he was trying to come to terms with being sexually abused as a child led him to plan taking his own life.

    Ben Shirley

    Ben Shirley from Askam in Furness is a Conservative borough and county councillor, and acted as agent for Simon Fell who took the parliamentary seat of Barrow and Furness in the General Election.

    He says he owes his life to his wife and close friends, and to the counselling he has received from the south Cumbrian charity, the Birchall Trust, whose staff he says are an amazing group of people.

    Councillor Shirley first revealed the historic sexual abuse, and his later suicidal thoughts, during a virtual meeting of Barrow council where he backed a new campaign against online abuse.

    Quote Message: In my speech to council I made a reference to the late Caroline Flack, the torrent of social media abuse that she received was hideous and the consequences were drastic and tragic.
    Quote Message: That nearly happened to me, it happens to people up and down the country and it needs to stop." from Councillor Ben Shirley
    Councillor Ben Shirley
  2. Video content

    Video caption: Bournemouth musician backs anti-bullying assembly

    The Vamps guitarist James McVey has spoken out against bullying as part of a campaign to raise awareness in schools across the country.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Ian Wright hits back at 'racially driven' abuse

    After Sky Sports decided to remove three pundits from Soccer Saturday, racial abuse appeared online.

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Student releases anti-bullying song for victims

    Hannah Lou Reid wipes the names she was called at school throughout the music video.

  5. Video content

    Video caption: Police paedophile investigators at risk of PTSD

    Police investigators who view disturbing images online are experiencing PTSD, anxiety and depression.

  6. Video content

    Video caption: Katie Price wants new law for social media abuse trolls

    Katie Price says her autistic son should not be “hidden away” and should be able to use social media.

  7. Video content

    Video caption: Towie's Bobby Norris sees 'terrifying rise' in online abuse

    Towie's Bobby Norris says trolls have "far too much time on their hands" during the lockdown.