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Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry has spoken out about the horrific abuse she gets online
“These people will never learn that violence against women is unacceptable.”

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LAUREN MAYBERRY, singer with Scottish band Chvrches, has spoken out about the abuse and rape threats she receives daily from online trolls.

Mayberry has been vocal about trolls in the past – in 2013, she wrote an essay about it for The Guardian, in which she railed against the expectations that women should stay silent about online threats.

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“Why should women ‘deal’ with this?” she wrote. “Do I need to accept that it’s OK for people to make comments like this, because that’s how women in my position are spoken to?”

During this past tour, I am embarrassed to admit that I have had more than one prolonged toilet cry and a “Come on, get a hold of yourself, you got this” conversation with myself in a bathroom mirror when particularly exasperated and tired out.
But then, after all the sniffling had ceased, I asked myself: why should I cry about this? Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?

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And she has stayed true to her word. Today, Mayberry posted a screengrab of a particularly violent threat, and wrote:

Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherf****rs. Let’s see who blinks first.

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