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 Briefing on Online Abuse Parliamentary Debate: Law Reform and Funding Specialist Support Services

The Centre for Gender Equal Media has published a briefing on Online Abuse ahead of a Parliamentary Debate scheduled for Thursday 7th July.

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You can read the briefing 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


GEM Co-Founder Dr Fiona Vera-Gray Comments in Guardian on Missed Connections between online porn and abuse

FVG Guardian 27 May 2016Responding to research by Demos suggesting that as many women and girls use terms ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ in tweets, Dr Fiona Vera-Gray said it was not surprising that young girls were using misogynistic language that had become normalised in society. “There is very little space where these representations of women are being challenged,” she said. “We know that young girls are being exposed to more and more pornography where these descriptions are used, and it makes sense to me that they are starting to believe that what it means to be a girl or woman is to be judged in this kind of way.”

Anonymity for Victims of Image-Based Sexual Abuse

GEM Anonymity Campaign BriefingThe Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) today launches a new campaign seeking automatic anonymity for all victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse, including ‘revenge porn’. We are seeking to strengthen existing legislation by including pornographic photoshopping and secure support for all victims from specialist services. For further information, see our Campaign Briefing below and link here: GEM Anonymity Campaign Briefing ONLINE




Letter to the Prime Minister

Following the International Women’s Day reception at No 10 Downing Street, when I met the Prime Minister and urged him to extend anonymity to victims of image-based sexual abuse (‘revenge porn’), I have written to him today to follow-up on our conversation. Together with Erika Rackley, we argue that we must grant anonymity so encourage victims to come forward and pursue prosecutions.

Photo of No 10 PM letterMcGlynnRackley PM letter March 2016