Roundtable Event: More than Revenge: Addressing the Harms of "Revenge Pornography"

12.30 pm to 5.30 pm (AEDT)
Monday, February 22, 2016
Monash Law Chambers, Melbourne, Australia

Monash Law Chambers, Melbourne, Australia

A joint initiative by Monash, La Trobe and RMIT Universities, this free roundtable event will examine the harms of  'revenge pornography' as well as the legal and non-legal responses needed in Australia to address these harms. This event will be followed by the launch of Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law.

Keynote presentations include:

Walter DeKeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Research Center on Violence at West Virginia University (United States). Professor DeKeseredy is well known for his work on cultures of male peer support that are linked with violence against women. His recent work has examined cultures of pornography, online abuse and sexual violence against women.

Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law at the University of Miami (United States). Professor Franks serves as the Legislative and Tech Policy Director and Vice-President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about online harassment and advocates for legal, technical, and social reform. In that capacity, Professor Franks advises tech industry leaders on privacy and abuse issues and has helpedmore than two dozen states and the federal government draft legislation to protect sexual privacy. 

Clare McGlynn, Professor of Law at Durham University (United Kingdom) with particular expertise in the legal regulation of pornography, rape law and gender equality in the legal profession. Professor McGlynn’s research on the legal regulation of extreme pornography has shaped recent public debates, being debated in The Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and on the BBC. Clare has discussed this research on the BBC’s Women’s Hour and Law in Action (see also research briefing). This research (with Rackley) justifies the regulation of some forms of pornography on the basis of its cultural harm, and has influenced recent 'revenge pornography' reform campaigns.

As well as a panel discussion featuring Australian legal, policy and law enforcement experts.

Panel discussants include:

Fiona Mort, Director at Office for Women, South Australia

Mark Higginbotham, Melbourne Prosecutions Unit, Victoria Police

Alex Davis, Women's Legal Service, New South Wales


'Revenge Pornography' has become a recognised term in popular and media debate, referring to the non-consensual distribution of sexual, nude or intimate images.

The term itself is misleading, as beyond the ‘revenge’ of a jilted ex-lover, the images may be shared to harass and humiliate the victim, they may be shared for profit or financial gain, and they may be shared as a tool for controlling, threatening or continuing abuse against a person – particularly in domestic violence and stalking situations. Nor does 'pornography' seem an appropriate term, since it mislabels the material to an acceptable and legal sub-genre of mainstream, consensual pornography. What is clear is that such image-based sexual exploitation is occurring in Australia, as elsewhere in the world, and our laws, police and service sectors need updating if they are to respond effectively to victims and perpetrators of these harms.

This forum brings together leading international scholars and legal experts, to reflect on reforming the response to 'revenge pornography' in the United States and the United Kingdom, and what we need to change in Australia.

For more information and to register for this free event please see:

End Date:
Monday, February 22, 2016