Research Blog

New research into ‘Revenge Pornography’

A new research project, led by Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University) with co-investigators Dr Asher Flynn (Monash University) and Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University) will explore the scope, nature and impacts of so-called ‘revenge pornography’. The project, “Responding to Revenge Pornography”, is funded by the Criminology Research Council and is the first Australian study […]

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How can we stem the tide of online harassment and abuse?

Young adults aged 18 to 24 are more likely than older Australians to experience some forms of digital harassment and abuse, according to new research from RMIT and La Trobe universities. The research surveyed 3000 Australian adults aged 18 to 54 about their experiences of online and mobile-based harassment and abuse. More than 30 interviews […]

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Today we launch our interview study….

Today we are launching our interview study into people’s experiences of online/mobile sexual harassment, cyberstalking, image-based abuses (aka ‘revenge porn’), as well as gender-based, gender-identity and sexuality-based harassment. We’re calling for participants who are willing to share their experiences and the impacts of these harms. We’d really like the opportunity to hear from people about […]

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What’s in a name? Online child abuse material is not ‘pornography’

The Victorian government recently proposed changes to “child pornography” legislation. The new laws will double the criminal penalties for possessing child abuse material from five to ten years’ imprisonment. The Victorian laws, if passed, will also introduce three new criminal offences: administering a child pornography website; encouraging use of a website to deal with child […]

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ABC News: “Hundreds of Australian women falling victims of ‘revenge porn’ website raises legal questions”

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 18/06/2015 Reporter: Alex Mann LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Revenge pornography is a relatively new but alarming trend among jilted lovers, and this week, hundreds of South Australian women have been stung. Their most intimate photos have been uploaded to the internet and shared with the world. Alex Mann reports. Watch the full […]

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