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Image-based sexual abuse

McGlynn, Clare, Rackley, Erika (2017) Image-based sexual abuse. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 37 (3). pp. 534-561. ISSN 0143-6503. E-ISSN 1464-3820. (doi:10.1093/ojls/gqw033) (KAR id:76541)

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Advances in technology have transformed and expanded the ways in which sexual violence can be perpetrated. One new manifestation of such violence is the non-consensual creation and/or distribution of private sexual images: what we conceptualise as 'image-based sexual abuse'. This article delineates the scope of this new concept and identifies the individual and collective harms it engenders. We argue that the individual harms of physical and mental illness, together with the loss of dignity, privacy and sexual autonomy, combine to constitute a form of cultural harm that impacts directly on individuals, as well as on society as a whole. While recognising the limits of law, we conclude by considering the options for redress and the role of law, seeking to justify the deployment of the expressive and coercive powers of criminal and civil law as a means of encouraging cultural change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/ojls/gqw033
Uncontrolled keywords: image-based sexual abuse, revenge porn, non-consensual pornography, cultural harm, cyber harassment, online abuse
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Erika Rackley
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2019 14:57 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:07 UTC
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