Labour candidate receives torrent of online sexual harassment and abuse
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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Officially the Labour Candidate for Aberconwy – nomination papers in at Bodlondeb today! pic.twitter.com/JKj4hfMVd8— Emily Owen (@Emily4Aberconwy) 11 May 2017 “Those posting the abuse are cowards, as they hide behind stupid names and funnily enough nobody ever says anything like that on the doorstep when I go around knocking on doors.”“I’m sure Guto Bebb (the defending Tory MP) isn’t getting this kind of abuse simply because he’s not a young woman standing.” Standing firm for Aberconwy! pic.twitter.com/rBAQfmXntM— Emily Owen (@Emily4Aberconwy) 14 May 2017 “I highly doubt you’ll be asking the male candidates their penis size in order to make a decision about their politics….. sexism is not okay. ”Speaking to the Daily Post, Ms Owen said: “I decided to say something on social media as sexism like this just isn’t acceptable. It’s totally depressing that this sort of thing is still going on in 2017.” Emily Owen, standing for election as the Labour Party candidate in Aberconwy, has been on the receiving end of a huge amount of sexual harassment on social media since announcing her candidacy. Ms Owen, 22, highlighted the abuse with a message on Twitter: “Let’s discuss politics, not my breasts.”The Labour candidate, who is standing against Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy since 2010, has received messages commenting on her physical appearance and her breast size, with one man contacting her to say: “How many votes for a striptease?”In a post on her Facebook page MsOwen said: “This is the first time I’ve been under this level of public scrutiny and I have to say I’m shocked! “If people have questions about my politics, discuss with me. If you don’t agree with my reply, challenge me.“What is not acceptable is flooding me with messages about what sexual acts I’m prepared to perform to get votes, what bra size I am, how many votes needed for me to strip and comments suggesting the reason I’m standing is to sleep with an Oxford grad.“I’ve been debating ignoring it but this behaviour is disgusting and needs calling out!!!