Image-based Sexual Abuse: Quick Reads

Shattering Lives and Myths FINAL-page-001

July 2019: Read here our short comment in the Conversation blog summarising the findings of our report Shattering Lives and Myths, with Erika Rackley and Kelly Johnson: ‘Sexual abuse happens online, too – but current laws leave too many victims unprotected’.

July 2019: Why the Government announcement of a review of the law on image-based sexual abuse is #JusticeDelayed and urgent action required – my comment in Huffington Post: ‘Cyberflashing and Deepfake Porn Are Harming Women Right Now’.

To watch a clip from 5News with Folami Prehaye and myself commenting on the Government review, see blow and Folami’s tweet 

 

Research Briefing on Image-Based Sexual Abuse

In this briefing, we explain why the term ‘image-based sexual abuse’ is better than others such as ‘revenge porn’ and why the terminology we use matters to our public and political debate. We outline the different forms of image-based sexual abuse and suggest legal reforms. This briefing is based on our academic research published in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Feminist Legal Studies.

Huffington Post Blog: ‘Revenge Porn’ Is A Form Of Sexual Assault.

“So, revenge porn’ – or rather image-based sexual abuse – is a sexual offence. The harm comes from the fact that it is sexual images that are shared without consent; the images go viral because they are sexual. Sharing private sexual images without consent exploits an individuals’ sexual identity and infringes their sexual autonomy. The online abuse which accompanies distribution of private sexual images includes sexual threats (rape threats), as well as abusive comments about the victim’s appearance, body, sexuality and sexual agency. New research has shown how all different forms of image-based sexual abuse – including ‘revenge porn’, ‘upskirting’, sexual extortion, sexualised photoshopping – share common characteristics with other forms of sexual offending.”

Briefing on Image-based Sexual Abuse as a Sexual Offence and Why Anonymity is needed

This briefingAnonymity_IBSA explains why image-based sexual abuse is a form of sexual offending and should be treated as such, as well as outlining why all complainants and victim-survivors require automatic anonymity when reporting a potential offence.

Scottish Justice Committee Evidence on Image-Based Sexual Abuse (including ‘revenge porn’)

I gave evidence before the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee when they were debating the introduction of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016.

Further Blog Posts and Comment Pieces

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