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Seeking Justice and Redress for Victim-Survivors of Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Rackley, Erika, McGlynn, Clare, Johnson, Kelly, Henry, Nicola, Gavey, Nicola, Flynn, Asher, Powell, Anastasia (2021) Seeking Justice and Redress for Victim-Survivors of Image-Based Sexual Abuse. Feminist Legal Studies, . ISSN 0966-3622. (doi:10.1007/s10691-021-09460-8) (KAR id:87611)

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Abstract

Despite apparent political concern and action – often fuelled by high-profile cases and campaigns – legislative and institutional responses to image-based sexual abuse in the UK have been ad hoc, piecemeal and inconsistent. In practice, victim-survivors are being consistently failed: by the law, by the police and criminal justice system, by traditional and social media, website operators, and by their employers, universities and schools. Drawing on data from the first multi-jurisdictional study of the nature and harms of, and legal/policy responses to, image-based sexual abuse, this article argues for a new joined-up approach that supports victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse to ‘reclaim control’. It argues for a comprehensive, multi-layered, multi-institutional and multi-agency response, led by a government- and industry-funded online or e-safety organisation, which not only recognises the diversity of victim-survivor experiences and the intersection of image-based sexual abuse with other forms of sexual and gender-based violence and discrimination, but which also enables victim-survivors to reclaim control within and beyond the criminal justice system.Despite apparent political concern and action – often fuelled by high-profile cases and campaigns – legislative and institutional responses to image-based sexual abuse in the UK have been ad hoc, piecemeal and inconsistent. In practice, victim-survivors are being consistently failed: by the law, by the police and criminal justice system, by traditional and social media, website operators, and by their employers, universities and schools. Drawing on data from the first multi-jurisdictional study of the nature and harms of, and legal/policy responses to, image-based sexual abuse, this article argues for a new joined-up approach that supports victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse to ‘reclaim control’. It argues for a comprehensive, multi-layered, multi-institutional and multi-agency response, led by a government- and industry-funded online or e-safety organisation, which not only recognises the diversity of victim-survivor experiences and the intersection of image-based sexual abuse with other forms of sexual and gender-based violence and discrimination, but which also enables victim-survivors to reclaim control within and beyond the criminal justice system.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10691-021-09460-8
Uncontrolled keywords: Image-based sexual abuse, Intimate image, Justice, Law reform, Non-consensual porn, Social rupture
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: E. Rackley
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021 15:57 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 11:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87611 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rackley, Erika: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4566-7007
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