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Work by GEM on Image-Based Sexual Abuse used in Parliamentary Debate

(7 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.

Full Parliamentary briefing is here:


Research briefing on ‘Image-Based Sexual Abuse’ is here:


Research briefing on ‘Anonymity for Victims of Image-Based Sexual Abuse’ is here:


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