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    Man Who Allegedly Made Explicit Rape Threats On Facebook To Face Court

    The man will face court on Thursday.

    In late August 2015, Olivia Melville faced a torrent of online abuse after a screenshot of her Tinder profile went viral.

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    The image was shared thousands of times and the resulting wave of cyberbullying arrived in a huge storm, with many, mostly male, commenters threatening rape and assault.

    The abuse led to Melville's friends creating Sexual Violence Won't Be Silenced, an advocacy group combatting online sexual harassment.

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    Now a man who allegedly made rape threats to various members of Sexual Violence Won't Be Silenced (SVWBS) has been charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass, or cause offence.

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    "We would like to make a point that this person will now be going through the NSW court system," said a SVWBS spokesperson. "As a group, we support and acknowledge that the matter is now in the hands of the Australian legal system and we are hopeful that justice will be served accordingly.

    "The group acknowledges that it has taken a lot of campaigning and understand that not every person who experiences online violence has the time, resources or support network to start a campaign after being harassed. That’s why, regardless of the outcome of this legal case, SVWBS will continue to fight for better laws, training and education surrounding online harassment."

    The man who allegedly made the threats will appear at Newtown Local Court on Thursday 29 October.

    Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

    Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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