Jurisdictions across the country are slowly cracking down on revenge porn – a form of online sexual abuse which affects as many as one in 10 Australians. But is it being taken seriously enough?
Revenge porn is the publication of explicit material portraying someone who has not consented for the image or video to be shared.
It’s fast becoming an entrenched part of our culture of sex and relationships and can leave victims feeling violated and ashamed.
Until recently there has been little or no support from the justice system. And once material is out there, it is near impossible to get it back.
Only South Australia and Victoria have have made it an offence, but a raft of new legislation is being introduced across the country to criminalise cyber stalking and revenge porn and bring the laws into the digital age.
On Sunday, Western Australia became the fourth state to join the national crackdown, following an announcement the week before from New South Wales. But many have said there should be a federal response to the issue.
This episode of Not for Podcast – Revenge Porn Exposed – questions what is revenge porn, why is it so devastating, and what Australian law and society needs to do about it.
Download the transcript here.
Featured in this episode: Sue Gabor, project manager on the eSafetyWomen initiative from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner Katherine McLachlan, quality and research manager at Victim Support Service Nicola Henry, senior lecturer in legal studies at La Trobe University and chief investigator on a criminology research grant examining revenge pornography in Australia Shane Rattenbury from the Greens and the ACT’s Minister for Justice Katie Acheson, CEO of Youth Action Mary Barry, CEO of Our Watch
Produced by Ellie Cooper and Wendy Williams.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family violence or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au