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Volume:7, Number:45
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One in Five Surveyed Claimed to be Victims of Revenge Porn

The first comprehensive research on so-called revenge porn has shed light on the “mass scale of victimization” across Australia and its sometimes devastating impact. A survey of nearly 4,300 people led by RMIT University and Monash University has found that far more had sexual or nude images taken or distributed without their consent, or otherwise used against them, than researchers had expected. Twenty percent of respondents had had images or videos of a nude or sexual nature taken without their consent; 11 percent had had them shared; and 9 percent had received threats that images of themselves would be shared. Men and women were equally likely to be victims but the rate was higher among younger people: one in three teenagers aged 16 to 19 and one in four aged 20 to 29 reported at least one form of image victimization. Marginalized groups, indigenous and gay, lesbian and bisexual Australians, and those with a disability – were especially vulnerable.

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