When I first opened up my bank account a few years ago, I was nervous.
It had a fee, and I had a few thousand dollars.
I was a student and didn’t have a credit card.
I didn’t know how to open it and make a deposit.
I tried to get it sorted out by calling up my credit card company, but I was told that my credit limit was still a couple of thousand dollars higher than my credit score.
I ended up having to pay a $30 fee upfront.
What’s going on here?
It’s a problem that many women in Australia, who are often the victims of online harassment and abuse, are dealing with.
And, as women and people of colour in Australia are the ones at the top of the hit list when it comes to financial security, we’re facing a similar issue.
In the past year, Australia has seen an explosion of social media posts from people who claim they have had “unwanted” sexual encounters with men or women online.
They also claim they are receiving threatening messages, or being threatened with physical violence, and sometimes even death.
The women’s advocacy group GetUp, which has launched a new website called The Biggest Hit List, is one of many organisations working to raise awareness of this issue.
The site has a database of about 20,000 accounts and users, including the women who have shared their stories on the site.
One of the more popular accounts is named ‘I’m going to kill you’, which is one reason GetUp is using it to raise funds for its ‘Biggest Hit’ campaign.
The website features pictures of alleged perpetrators and details of their alleged behaviour, including their names, address, phone number and date of birth.
If you can’t help but click on one of the images, you can view the full story and get the names of the men and women who allegedly attacked them.
It’s not all anonymous online.
Some of the accounts appear to be real people, including one who has a phone number, and another who claims to be a teacher.
The campaign is targeting men and white people, and has received support from celebrities including Emma Watson and Jamie Oliver.
The women’s stories are often heartbreaking, with many claiming that their accounts were the reason they have been targeted.
“I’m on my own and I feel like I can’t trust anyone, and that I’m not safe,” one woman told GetUp.
“I have to keep myself safe.
I don’t know what I’m going be doing the rest of my life.
If it’s not safe for me to go out in public, I can at least avoid being harassed.”
The stories range from those that are simple, like a man who took advantage of a woman at a bar in Adelaide.
He sent her texts with a photo of his penis.
“He wanted me to give him the money and he said I would get him a drink,” the woman told the website.
“He sent me a text saying ‘go to your room, I’ll take care of you’, and then he went into my room.
I woke up and I was crying, and he left.”
Another woman said that she was “totally terrified” to go home at night and she didn’t feel safe going to a friend’s house or a place where she might be alone.
“When you have the power to control your life and how you are treated, that’s a scary thing,” she told the site, adding: “There’s a lot of things I feel safe doing online, but it’s scary to not be able to do it when you’re at home.”
The campaign has also been criticised by people on the other side of the digital divide, who say it perpetuates an “old patriarchal culture” of “manspreading”.
“It’s really important to say that the majority of people on this list are women,” GetUp Australia chief executive Kate Molloy said.
“But if there’s a man, it’s the woman who is always the one who is doing it, so there’s no reason to think that men shouldn’t be the ones to be safe on the internet.”
GetUp Australia says it has received a lot more support and support from other organisations, like the Human Rights Law Centre and the Australian Centre for Women in Science and Technology, and is planning to increase its efforts to reach out to people on social media.
“It is incredibly upsetting to see so many people’s stories being used as an attack on the victims,” Mollox said.
“We’re hoping that other people will see what we’re doing and get involved, and make sure that the message is being heard.”
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