Shattering Lives and Myths: Report on Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Asher Flynn, Nicola Henry, Anastasia Powell, Adrian Scott, Clare McGlynn, Erika Rackley, Nicola Gavey

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Image-based sexual abuse is a pervasive and pernicious form of sexual abuse. We use the term ‘image-based sexual abuse’ to refer to a broad range of abusive behaviours including the taking and/or distribution of nude or sexual images without consent, including threats to do so, which includes so-called ‘revenge porn’, ‘upskirting’, fakeporn, sexual extortion and videos of sexual assaults and rapes.This report draws on interviews with 25 victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse and over 25 stakeholders, including police, policy-makers, lawyers and survivor organisations conducted over a six-month period in 2018. The report is part of an Australian Research Council funded project (DP170101433) Revenge Pornography: The Prevalence and Nature of Non-Consensual Imagery and the Implications for Law Reform.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Durham
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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

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