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: