Revenge porn is just one part of a changing picture of harassment
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Google’s recent decision to remove content at the request of victims of revenge porn is a huge win for victims. Governments are also reacting to the growing problem of revenge porn – the NSW government this week announced a parliamentary inquiry into existing laws and whether there was any need for reform.
The offence of revenge porn usually involves the following aspects:
- an existing or previous relationship;
- an intent to cause harm;
- the unauthorised public release of intimate images; and
- the act is facilitated by technology.
While this is neither a legal definition nor an exhaustive one, it does capture the concept of how revenge porn is seen in today’s society. But is revenge porn just one example of technology intersecting with sexual and domestic violence? And what legal efforts have been made to combat it?