Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Asher Flynn, Nicola Henry

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Abstract

Image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) is a form of technology-facilitated sexual violence. The term describes a pattern of behaviors involving the nonconsensual creation, distribution, or threats to distribute, nude or sexual images. Also known as “revenge pornography” or “nonconsensual pornography,” IBSA affects a significant proportion of the population. According to Australian research conducted by Henry, Powell, and Flynn, and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner, one in five Australians between the ages of 16 and 49 have had at least one experience of IBSA, including 1 in 10 who have had a nude or sexual image shared without their consent. In a 2016 US study conducted by Lenhart, Ybarra, and Price-Feeney, 4% of men and 6% of women ages 15 to 29 reported having had a nude or nearly nude image shared without their consent. These figures are likely to be an underestimate of the true prevalence of IBSA because such studies only capture victims who have become aware that images of them have been created or shared without their consent.

Perpetrators of IBSA can include intimate partners, family members, friends, acquaintances, and persons unknown to the victim, with diverse motivations, including sexual gratification, retribution, coercive control, social notoriety, monetary gain, and voyeurism. The images themselves may be self-created by the victim as a “selfie” or produced consensually in the context of a relationship. Alternatively, images may be digitally altered, taken surreptitiously in public or private settings, or created coercively, or they may have been taken of a sexual assault or rape. While IBSA is not itself new, technology has created a conducive and large-scale platform for such abuse to occur.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology
EditorsHenry N. Pontell
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages1-23
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780190264079
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Keywords

  • image-based abuse
  • image-based sexual abuse
  • revenge pornography

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Flynn, A., & Henry, N. (2019). Image-Based Sexual Abuse. In H. N. Pontell (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology (pp. 1-23). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.
Flynn, Asher ; Henry, Nicola. / Image-Based Sexual Abuse. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology. editor / Henry N. Pontell. Oxford UK : Oxford University Press, 2019. pp. 1-23
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