The Legal Implications of Revenge Pornography

Investigating the prevalence, nature and effects of revenge pornography in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Revenge pornography is a serious criminal justice problem, but only one Australian jurisdiction has introduced legislation to address the issue. Applicable laws here and elsewhere are inconsistent and inadequate. Little is known about how widespread these behaviours are or how socially, economically and psychologically harmful they are. The project aims to generate knowledge, a theoretical framework and a much-needed evidence base to develop law reform and strategic interventions.

Project Publications

Shattering Lives and Myths: A Report on Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Shattering Lives and Myths: A Report on Image-Based Sexual Abuse

This report draws on interviews with 25 victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse & over 25 stakeholders, including police, policy-makers, lawyers & survivor organisations.
Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Online Distribution Channels and Illicit Communities of Support

Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Online Distribution Channels and Illicit Communities of Support

Investigating the nature & scope of image-based sexual abuse material online. Users appeared to be motivated by sexual gratification & proving masculinity to a peer network, rather than revenge against the person depicted.
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Report Launch at British Parliment

The ARC Discovery team, lead by SGSC's Associate Professor Nicola Henry, travelled to London in July 2019 to launch the Shattering Lives and Myths report at the British Parliament.

The report was launched by Maria Millar MP supported by a roundtable event.

The project team includes SGSC's Associate Professor Anastasia Powell and researchers from Australia, New Zealand & England.

 

Gender & Sexuality

This project is conducted by Gender & Sexuality researchers at the Social & Global Studies Centre

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.