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Durham Law: Policy Engagement


Briefing on Anonymity for Complainants of Image-Based Sexual Abuse

The Centre for Gender Equal Media have produced a new briefing on Anonymity.

McGlynn argues:

1. It is in the interests of justice that victims of crime, including image-based sexual abuse, come forward to report incidents to the police and support prosecutions.
2. Image-based sexual abuse is a form of sexual offence because of the mode of perpetration, not the motive. The harm comes from the fact that it is sexual images that are shared without consent; the images go viral because they are sexual. The abuse accompanying distribution of images is sexualised.

Read the briefing in full here.

Submission to the Bright Blue Commisssion on Conservatism and Human Rights

In this submission Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley argued that restrictions on types of offensive material can be human rights enhancing.

Read the full submission here.

GEM Briefing on Online Abuse

The Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) has published a briefing on Online Abuse ahead of a Parliamentary Debate scheduled for Thursday 7th July 2016.

On 7th July 2016, Rt Hon Maria Miller MP led a Parliamentary Debate on Online Abuse. Miller MP, as part of that debate, used work by GEM that has called for the use of ‘Image-based Sexual Abuse’ as a new phrase to strengthen the laws on ‘revenge pornography’.

GEM has called for the strengthening of the laws on ‘revenge pornography’. They have highlighted the need for the more encompassing phrase of ‘Image-Based Sexual Abuse’ to be used as it more accurately captures the types of images being distributed and harms being caused.

In a recent briefing, GEM highlighted the need for law reform and education across five key areas, including the campaign to strengthen the law on anonymity, to secure justice and support survivors of image-based sexual abuse, as well as asserting the importance of government providing sustainable long-term funding for violence against women support services.

GEM has outlined that online abuse and harassment is a gendered phenomenon, with girls and women disproportionately affected. The pervasiveness of gendered online harassment, of image-based sexual abuse (‘revenge porn’) and sexualised sexism (‘sexualisation’) creates the conditions within which harassment, violence and abuse thrive in society.

Briefing on Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Erika Rackley and Clare McGlynn outline what is meant by Image-Based Sexual Abuse and explain why terminology matters.

You can read the full briefing here.

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