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Suspended radio hosts accused of 'slut shaming' may be investigated under new law

A woman subjected to online harassment after being called a "do-nothing b**ch" and a "slut" on a George FM radio segment may be the first to make use of the new Harmful Digital Communications Act.

George FM’s morning host were forced to apologise for making fun of two women live on air. Source: 1 NEWS

The station received complaints of bullying and slut-shaming after DJs Thane Kirby and Kara Rickard named two Instagram users during a segment called "social media intervention" yesterday.

Two girls were referred to as "do-nothing bitches" - defined by Ms Rickard as girls who "post half-naked pictures on their instagram" - and were also called "rank" and "hoes".

Keely Paige, who says she was humiliated by George FM radio hosts. Source: Supplied

Keely Paige, 20, who is studying business in Canada, was one of those named and this afternoon told ONE News she cried after hearing about what was said of her, and said the DJs comments were "completely disgusting".

"I think it's just straight back into high school bullying - I have no words for it," she said.

Ms Paige called the station to express her disgust, and was interviewed by the hosts, saying she had overcome an eating disorder and the photos were her way of promoting body confidence.

Mr Kirby then made comments about her breasts and asked her to appear on a calendar, and after the interview ended, Ms Rickard continued to refer to girls who post revealing photos on Instagram as sluts.

Ms Paige wants to the see the pair lose their jobs and is now considering laying complaints both with the Broadcasting Standards Authority and parent company Mediaworks.

Honestly, I want something to be done with them - I think these two should lose their jobs. - Radio station bullying victim Keely Paige

Since the broadcast, Ms Paige told ONE News she has received more than 100 sexually-suggestive messages from men on her Instagram account, some of which directly refer to the George FM broadcast.

She said she would definitely consider talking to police about the incident and her case could be the first to be considered under the new Harmful Digital Communications Act, introduced in July this year in an effort to provide legal options for those bullied online.

The Act makes it an offence to deliberately post material online intended to cause serious emotional distress.

The women involved have the option of talking to police if they wish - Grant Ogilvie, police spokesman

Police spokesman Grant Ogilvie said the Act involves three criteria which must be met: the intent of the post needs to have been to cause harm, it must be reasonable to expect that a person in the victim's position would be harmed by it, and the victim has to have actually been harmed.

Mr Ogilvie said there has so far been one prosecution under the new Act, and that case was still before the court.

"We should also point out that the online world will continue to be a forum where commentary is made which is unpleasant, inappropriate or offensive while not necessarily reaching a criminal threshold," he said.

"The women involved have the option of talking to police if they wish".

Ms Paige said women should not be ashamed of showing their body in any form of media.

"I love my body and I believe that all women should love their body - I'm not going to be ashamed for loving my body and wanting to put photos up because thats who I am," she told ONE News.

I'm not going to be ashamed for loving my body and wanting to put photos up because thats who I am - Keely Paige

The DJs today apologised on air, saying "with hindsight we can see that the segment was hurtful and in poor taste."

"It was really poor judgement to discuss the topic in the way that we did and we wish to sincerely apologise to anyone named in this piece and offer our sincerest apologies to any listeners who were offended or hurt by the segment."

A statement issued by Mediaworks this afternoon said the pair has also been suspended from their roles at George FM for their comments.

However, Ms Paige says she does not accept the apology.

"I wouldn't even count that as an apology," she said.

"Honestly, I want something to be done with them - I think these two should lose their jobs.

Devon had her Instagram page critiqued live on air on George FM yesterday morning. Source: 1 NEWS

"If a high school student gets in trouble for bullying, a grown man and grown woman should get in trouble for bullying two young females."

The other girl mentioned, Devon, told ONE News she was humiliated that her full name was mentioned, and said she felt like a victim.

"What they have done is definitely bullying on live radio.

"They gave an apology, but really, how does that justify what they've done?"