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Beyond ‘Revenge Porn’: The Continuum of Image-Based Sexual Abuse

McGlynn, Clare, Rackley, Erika, Houghton, Ruth (2017) Beyond ‘Revenge Porn’: The Continuum of Image-Based Sexual Abuse. Feminist Legal Studies, 25 (1). pp. 25-46. ISSN 0966-3622. (doi:10.1007/s10691-017-9343-2) (KAR id:76542)

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In the last few years, many countries have introduced laws combating the phenomenon colloquially known as ‘revenge porn’. While new laws criminalising this practice represent a positive step forwards, the legislative response has been piecemeal and typically focuses only on the practices of vengeful ex-partners. Drawing on Liz Kelly’s (Surviving sexual violence. Polity Press, Cambridge, 1988) pioneering work, we suggest that ‘revenge porn’ should be understood as just one form of a range of gendered, sexualised forms of abuse which have common characteristics, forming what we are conceptualising as the ‘continuum of image-based sexual abuse’. Further, we argue that image-based sexual abuse is on a continuum with other forms of sexual violence. We suggest that this twin approach may enable a more comprehensive legislative and policy response that, in turn, will better reflect the harms to victim-survivors and lead to more appropriate and effective educative and preventative strategies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10691-017-9343-2
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 15:01 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:07 UTC
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