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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

AFLW Carlton footballer Tayla Harris wants authorities to take action against online trolls, labelling some comments of her photo as ‘sexual abuse’

AFLW footballer Tayla Harris, who’s been targeted by “misogynistic” online trolls over an action photo of herself, has labelled some of the comments as “sexual abuse” and wants authorities to do more.
Yesterday, 7AFL copped criticism for removing a photo from Twitter of the Carlton forward kicking a ball during her side’s three-point win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. 7AFL later apologised for taking the photo down, citing inappropriate and offensive comments as the reason.
Harris told RSN Radio’s Breakfast Club on Wednesday she wanted more action from the AFL and authorities to curb the trolls, labelling some of the comments she read as “repulsive” and “sexual abuse”.
“It’s not about me now, it’s about a much bigger picture,” she said.
“I’m happy to talk about this because I’m feeling fine now, but there’s people who may have experienced things like sexual assault who would have seen this too and their reactions might be very different.
“We’re not talking about the trolls right now, we’re talking about society right now and a much bigger picture.
“Some of the comments were sexual abuse, what I would consider sexual abuse on social media.
“These people need to be called out by the AFL, but something needs to go further. It’s something maybe Victoria Police have to look at.”
She said she felt “empowered” by the overwhelming support from her footy community, including a post from Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield.
“I saw that and felt warm inside. It is really amazing that the AFL community got around me,” the Carlton AFLW player said.
The photographer who took the photo put together a GIF of the progression of photos he took during Harris’ kick at weekend.

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