'Over the last year, an average of more than 14,000 people have searched for her name every month.
There are at least ten different Facebook groups dedicated to her.
And at a recent court appearance by Tommy Robinson, it was her name that was being chanted by supporters.
But who exactly is Melanie Shaw, why is she in prison - and what are her supporters calling for?
The simple answer is that Melanie was one of the very first people to make allegations of sexual abuse at Beechwood children's home in Nottingham.
But have a quick browse of the internet and you will find a host of further answers involving buried bodies, secret court hearings, and Westminster paedophile rings.
We have therefore attempted to tell Melanie's story below, as best as we can. It won't answer all of the questions about her, but it will hopefully provide some detail which might not be immediately available to everyone.
Melanie was born in October 1970, and was placed in foster care at a young age.
She grew up in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and from 1981 to 1987 she was at Ashfield Comprehensive School in the town.
When she was 16 she was sent to Beechwood children's home in Mapperley. She stayed there for around a year.
When she left, she overcame drug problems, started doing voluntary work.
In an interview broadcast in 2015, she described how she was a full-time mother for 24 years before she decided to speak out about what had happened at the children's home.
In 2010 she went to the police to report what had happened to her at Beechwood, and was one of the first people to do so.
In more recent years she has lived in Sherwood and Sneinton.'
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