Abuse or harassment via electronic means
.I’m a trans man and my neighbour has discovered some information regarding my gender history. Since then he keeps sending me abusive texts which I find very offensive
Perpetrators of hate crime can also use electronic communications such as emails and texts to abuse and harass victims. These individuals (and their victims) may think that abuse via an email or text isn’t the same as verbally abusing you to your face. However receiving such material can have a devastating impact on an individual and the person abusing you may still be committing an offence under the Malicious Communication Act 2003 (Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003). Malicious Communication only applies to communications directed at a specific individual rather than groups of people.
Malicious Communication is similar to a Public Order offence, where someone sends you a text (or other form of letter or electronic communication) that makes a threat or writes something that is untrue and which the sender knows to be untrue. The sender must intend to cause you anxiety or distress by sending the text or email.
If you do experience abuse via letter or other electronic means you should keep hold of any letters, texts or emails you receive. It’s a good idea to tell someone in confidence about what’s going on. Galop can give you advice on how to deal with electronic abuse, including reporting to the police or other measures such as asking for a social networking account to be closed.