| Miriam Guardiola: "Digital violence among young people is usually a prelude to gender violence in adults, which requires a early detection to prevent and eradicate this endemic disease "| "There is a significant and worrying increase in these cases that affect many minors, especially in vulnerable situations," the PP deputy spokesperson warned in the Assembly The Popular Party, by means of a motion in the Regional Assembly, has asked the Government of Spain to adopt a National Strategy to Combat Digital Gender Violence in young people and minors. Miriam Guardiola, promoter of the initiative, has pointed out that "digital violence among young people is usually the prelude to gender violence in adults, which requires early detection to prevent and eradicate this endemic evil in our society." "The impact of new technologies and ICTs have revolutionized our society and our way of understanding the world, especially among digital natives and our young people," said the "popular" vice spokesperson, to then point out that "this has also that violent behaviors and reprehensible actions are reproduced that invade and intimidate women and that suppose a new form of violence against women, especially among the youngest " "We believe that the generation that should be the most plural, open and free has become the most controlling through new technologies and Social Networks (RRSS), especially among young people and especially when the first relationships are started", Guardiola said, referring to "what is known as 'dating violence'", which he defined as "the seed of gender violence in adults." "Dating violence is a relatively new term that is used to refer to a series of behaviors of control, abuse and psychological violence, especially through social networks and digital media," explained the regional parliamentarian, who in this regard has indicated that "in recent times and with the boom of new technologies.
social networks and dating apps, new forms of violence have been created that are devastating for the freedom, integrity and health of women, especially girls and adolescents, many of them typified for the first time in the reform of the Penal Code in 2015 ". Guardiola has made mention of conducts such as "stalking" or cyberbullying, identity theft and usurpation of marital status, "sextortion" or "revenge porn", or the transfer of intimate images on the Internet, "cyber threats" and "cyber blackmail." , in addition to humiliation and various obsessive and compulsive controls, or actions as serious as 'grooming' when a relationship of trust is generated ". A phenomenon that, according to the "popular" deputy spokesperson, "sadly is often silenced and that increasingly affects our minors", although he pointed out that "the annual report of the Prosecutor's Office indicates a significant increase in cybercrime and especially in cyberbullying of minors, the number of victims being girls and women higher than in the case of boys and men ". "It is a perverse effect of the overexposure of young people in social networks and the omnipresence of ICTs," Guardiola lamented, who in this sense has pointed out that "the aggressor partner usually controls the victim all day and anywhere place through networks or new technologies, often restricting or monitoring the movements of the victim and restricting their freedom ". "Given the significant and worrying increase in cases of digital gender violence and the new forms of reproduction of these behaviors, it is necessary, today more than ever to reject this type of violence, especially when the most vulnerable to it, minors, suffer it.
", has affected "The pandemic has also shown that the time of use of the internet and networks has skyrocketed and, with it, the increase in these practices, although unfortunately minors do not usually report these behaviors," Guardiola said. "For all these reasons, it is imperative that our entire society is aware of this new problem and of the need to become aware of it, so that all Administrations and society as a whole can act with all the necessary prevention mechanisms" , has concluded Miriam Guardiola.