CRiVA Seminar on Image-Based Sexual Abuse with Dr Asher Flynn

We are pleased to announce the next event of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, which will be with Dr. Asher Flynn, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia:

Image-Based Sexual Abuse: the Australian Experience

CRiVA Public Seminar with Dr. Asher Flynn (Monash University, Australia)

11am - 1pm, Monday 30th April 2018

ER148, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University, 83 New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JT


Abstract: Perpetrators are increasingly using digital technologies as tools of abuse, harassment and violence. One manifestation of this growing trend is image-based sexual abuse (IBSA), also known as “revenge pornography”. The term “revenge pornography” is narrow and misleading. It fails to capture the diverse range of perpetrator motivations (e.g. sexual gratification, social status building, control and monetary gain), and allows other forms of IBSA to be neglected, such as the non-consensual taking of intimate images (e.g. “upskirting” or “downblousing”), or the threat of distribution. This paper presents findings from a comprehensive Australian study of IBSA, funded by the Criminology Research Council (CRG 08/15-16), including data from the first national online survey of Australian adults’ (n= 4274) self-reported IBSA perpetration and victimisation. It also discusses the findings of interviews conducted with key stakeholders (legal practitioners, law enforcement, policy-makers, cybersecurity experts and victim support advocates). Implications of this research for policy and practice in response to IBSA victimisation and perpetration are then discussed, along with directions for future research in this rapidly emerging field.

Bio: Dr Asher Flynn is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Director of the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Asher’s research utilises a socio-legal framework to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice, with a particular focus on gendered violence. Informed by national and international context, her research examines how accessing justice is negotiated. Asher is Co-Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Revenge Pornography: The prevalence and nature of non-consensual imagery and the implications for law reform (with Associate Professor Nicola Henry, Dr Anastasia Powell, Professor Clare McGlynn, Professor Erika Rackley and Professor Nicola Gavey) and an Australian Criminology Research Council Grant, Responding to Revenge Pornography: The scope, nature and impact of Australian Criminal Laws (with Associate Professor Nicola Henry and Dr Anastasia Powell). These are the first projects to conduct a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of image-based sexual abuse across Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The seminar is open to all and free to attend, with places available on a first-come first-served basis.
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Thanks and hopefully see you there!

Professor Clare McGlynn, Deputy Director

Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA)
Department of Sociology, Durham University | 32 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HN, UK
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