Women’s forums are increasingly being used as a platform for online bullying and abuse, according to a new study.
In a new paper published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers analyzed data from more than 7,000 community forums in the United States.
The researchers found that women who use the sites as a forum for support, advice and advice-seeking are at increased risk of online harassment.
The paper’s lead author, Amanda Dickson, is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Public Policy.
Dickson and her co-authors studied the behavior of more than 50,000 women, who were active on several forums from the start of 2009 through mid-2013.
They found that the women who used the forums for support were more likely to be harassed than those who used them for advice and support.
Dickson said the findings are consistent with the broader research literature showing that online communities can be a platform that fosters harmful online behavior.
In general, online communities provide platforms for harassment, the researchers said, because they provide support for a range of behaviours, including stalking, intimidation and harassment.
In general, the more people use a forum, the higher the likelihood that it will become a source of harassment.
A study last year by University of Chicago researchers found harassment on online forums is higher among women than men.
Dickson said that finding was particularly surprising because women often use forums to vent their frustrations and to discuss issues of importance to them.
The researchers say that women on the forums also face harassment, as they may be targeted by others who use harassment as a tool to manipulate and control their opinions.
Women are also less likely to report harassment, but that can be due to their greater anonymity online, which makes it harder to report.
In an email, Dickson wrote that the new study “highlights the importance of addressing the impact of online community forums on women in an effort to address these issues.”
She also said that the research is important because of the impact that online harassment can have on women and girls who are targeted by online bullies and abusers.
Denny and her colleagues wrote that online forums also can be places where a person can be isolated, isolated from other people and communities, which is why online forums need to be a safe place for women to express their opinions and have support from other women and other people.
The research, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, will be presented at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver on Oct. 10.