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Revenge porn: government urged to make it illegal

Revenge porn: government urged to make it illegal

Sunday 4th October 2015

Revenge porn laws are urgently needed in Australia, according to RMIT's Dr Anastasia Powell, whose research with LaTrobe University's Nicola Henry, found significant levels of image-based sexual abuse.

One in 10 Australian adults has had a sexually explicit image of them sent to others without their permission, prompting fresh calls for the federal government to outlaw revenge porn.

The first national survey of digital harassment and abuse has also highlighted how perpetrators of domestic violence are increasingly using technology to harass, stalk and threaten their victims, heightening the effect of the abuse.

Researchers from RMIT and La Trobe University surveyed 3000 adults aged 18 to 54 to gauge the prevalence of digital harassment and abuse in Australia. They also interviewed police officers, lawyers and sexual and domestic violence support workers.

Sixty per cent of adults have been harassed or abused online, with young adults aged 18 to 24 the most likely to be victims. Although men and women have experienced harassment in equal numbers, perpetrators are twice as likely to be men as women. 

Read the full Sunday Age article here: Revenge porn: government urged to make it illegal