Irish Law and Image-Based Sexual Abuse – Reform Recommendations

My article with Prof Erika Rackley on the need to reform Irish law on image-based sexual abuse is now published in the Irish Probation Journal. The article suggests that the recommendations of the Irish Law Reform Commission are a positive start to debates, though any new law needs to focus on these harms as forms of sexual abuse, not just as privacy issues. Available here.

dublin-lecture-oct-2016-2This focus on Irish law developed from the plenary lecture I gave on Friday 7th October 2016 at the annual conference of the Irish Association of Criminal Justice Research & Development conference. The theme of the conference was Cybercrime and my lecture welcomed the recently published Irish Law Commission report on Harmful Communications & Digital Safety. Drawing on my research with Erika Rackley, the lecture challenged the report’s claim that non-consensual sharing of private, sexual images was not a form of ‘sexual offence’. Our work suggests that the terminology of ‘image-based sexual abuse’ better captures the nature and harms of this form of abuse: terminology matters as it shapes our legislative, political and educational responses.

For more on the concept of image-based sexual abuse: see research briefing here:

My presentation is available here:dublin-mcglynn-final-october-2016-cleanpdf