Responding to Revenge Porn: Challenges to Online Legal Impunity

Michael Salter, Thomas Crofts

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Abstract

Revenge pornography is a category of online pornography that includes amateur images or videos that were self-produced or manufactured with the consent of those depicted, but then later distributed without their consent. This is typically done in revenge following the breakdown of a relationship, hence the moniker "revenge porn." There are now a range of dedicated Web sites and blogs that encourage viewers to maliciously upload material of their partners or ex-partners. Uploading and circulating revenge porn is a highly gendered activity that is primarily perpetrated by men and disproportionately impacts women, although men may also be victimized. This also occurs among minors with their peers circulating images. The paradox is that minors who engage in such activity appear to be criminalized in arguably inappropriate ways by child pornography statutes while adult perpetrators have been, at least until recently, almost immune from legal sanction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Views on Pornography
Subtitle of host publicationSexuality, Politics, and the Law
EditorsLynn Comella, Shira Tarrant
Place of PublicationSanta Barbara, California
PublisherPraeger
Chapter12
Pages233-253
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781440828065
ISBN (Print)9781440828058
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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