Press Release: New Poll Finds 75% of Public Seeks Automatic Anonymity for ‘Revenge Porn’ Victims


The Guardian have reported that in an ICM poll, 75% of men and women questioned supported campaigners who want victims’ identities to be protected after an allegation of ‘revenge porn’ is made to police.

The poll by ICM questioned 2,048 people who were asked if victims of revenge pornography should have the same anonymity as victims of other sexual offences. Male respondents were 72% in favour while 77% of women supported anonymity; an average of 75% in support.

Read the press release by GEM in full here

Read the Guardian news article here




New Submission to commission on Conservatism and Human Rights

In this submission to the Bright Blue Commission on Conservatism and Human Rights, Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley, on behalf of The Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM), outline the importance of placing restrictions on certain offensive material to enhance the human rights of others. They make the following recommendations:BrightBlue

  1. That the protection of women and girls from all forms of violence must be a central aim of any new Bill of Rights in line with the Home Office-led Violence Against Women and Girls strategy.
  2. That mechanisms are included to ensure the human rights of all parties are effectively protected and enriched both online and off-line.
  3. That the Commission recognise that appropriate restrictions or limits on A’s rights can be human rights enhancing insofar as they protect or enhance B’s rights or freedoms that would otherwise be negatively affected by the unrestricted operation of A’s rights.

Read the full submission here:

New Briefing on Anonymity for Complainants of Image-Based Sexual Abuse

A new briefing has been published that outlines the case for anonymity when instances of Image-Based Sexual Abuse have been reported.

McGlynn argues:

1. It is in the interests of justice that victims of crime, including image-based sexual abuse, come forward to report incidents to the police and support prosecutions.

2. Image-based sexual abuse is a form of sexual offence because of the mode of perpetration, not the motive. The harm comes from the fact that it is sexual images that are shared without
consent; the images go viral because they are sexual. The abuse accompanying distribution of
images is sexualised.


You can read the full briefing here:

Video on Strengthening ‘Revenge Porn’

In this new video produced by Durham Law School, Clare McGlynn discusses reforms to the law on revenge pornography.

She outlines that the current law on revenge pornography is limited and that a new law needs to cover revenge pornography, upskirting, voyeurism, and the distribution of hacked images.

You can watch the video here:



GEM Proposals to Strengthen Law on ‘Revenge Porn’ to be Debated in Parliament

GEM Anonymity Campaign BriefingFollowing the launch of our campaign to amend the law on Image Based Sexual Abuse (so-called ‘Revenge Porn’) we have been working with the Liberal Democrats and  Women’s Equality Party on amendments to the Government’s Policing and Crime Bill.

We are pleased that our proposed amendments have been supported by the Women’s Equality Party and taken forward by the Liberal Democrats who have proposed amendments based on our campaign. The amendments will ensure:

  • Anonymity for all revenge porn complainants
  • Expansion of the current law to include disclosure of private sexual images where the perpetrator is ‘reckless’ as to whether it will cause the victim distress
  • Clarification of meaning of ‘sexual’ to include “pornographic photoshopped” images

Clare McGlynn, Durham University Law Professor and co-founder of GEM said:

“I urge the Government to embrace this opportunity to clarify and expand the current law to better protect victims of image-based sexual abuse. It is vital the law focuses the significant harms image-based sexual abuse causes victims, rather than the motives of perpetrators, in order to effect cultural change”. 

The amendments, proposed by Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael will be debated by MPs on 13 June 2016.

We are also calling for increased funding to support specialist services working with victim-survivors. You can read more about GEM’s four asks to strengthen the law, secure justice and support victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse here.

GEM (The Centre for Gender Equal Media) (GEM) is a newly established think-tank generating evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media based at Durham University. For press or media enquires please contact Professor Clare McGlynn