Australia Takes Steps to Combat Revenge Porn

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner has introduced a portal to help that nation’s victims of revenge porn.

Nonconsensual image sharing, commonly referred to as revenge porn, is a form of online abuse in which perpetrators show, send, or publish nude or sexually-compromising photos or videos of a person without the subject’s consent.

Australia’s portal—reportedly now in its pilot phase—is attempting to gauge “the volume and complexity” of the problem.

The portal provides guidance on how victims can take action—it offers guidance on having images removed if they have been published online, getting the police involved, and managing abusive communications that are being sent directly to the victim.

Victims of revenge porn also share their stories.

The Problem in the U.S.

A December 2016 report by the Data & Society research institute found that 1 in 25 online Americans have either had sensitive images posted without their permission or been threatened with nonsensual image sharing.

As with other forms of cyber abuse, the problem is believed disproportionately to affect females and LGBTQ.

More than 30 states have passed laws making nonconsensual image-sharing and other types of cyber abuse a crime.

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