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Question Time panellist Mary Beard on sexist online abuse

23 January 2013 Last updated at 12:54 GMT

Mary Beard has spoken out about the online abuse she received after appearing as a panellist on the BBC's Question Time.

The 58-year-old professor of classics at the University of Cambridge told Radio 4's Woman's Hour that the abuse was "like someone giving you a punch".

She said of her decision to go public: "I don't want legal regulation, I want people to treat each other decently online."

She explained what happened on Radio 4's Woman's Hour .

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