Our panel of experts discusses the importance of educational programs and campaigns for preventing image-based abuse in schools, universities and the community.

Image-based abuse, also known as “revenge porn” or “non-consensual sexting”, affects a significant proportion of the Australian population. According to a RMIT study of Australians aged between 16-49, 1 in 5 participants reported that someone took a nude or sexual image of them without their consent, 1 in 10 reported that someone distributed a nude or sexual image of them without their consent, and nearly 1 in 10 (9%) said that someone had threatened to share nude or sexual images of them. While a number of Australian states and territories have introduced specific criminal offences to address this growing problem, for many victims the criminal justice pathway is fraught with too many challenges, and for many perpetrators, particularly young people and children, criminal justice penalties are not appropriate responses to these behaviours. Furthermore, criminal justice responses are typically reactive and may do little to prevent image-based violations from happening in the first place.

This panel discusses the importance of educational programs and campaigns for preventing image-based abuse in schools, universities and the community. The panel will consider the different educational messages given around image-based abuse and sexting more generally, and will discuss the most effective ways to design and implement prevention interventions. Particular attention will be paid to the nature and scope of education on respectful relationships, gender and sexuality, cyberbullying and digital sexual ethics.

Facilitator: Associate Professor Nicola Henry

Panellists:

Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen (ANU)
Associate Professor Debbie Ollis (Deakin)
Erin Gillen (Our Watch)
Susan McLean (Cyber Safety Solutions)

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Where

Conference rooms 1 & 2 (The Green Brain)
Building 16
Storey Hall
RMIT University
City Campus

When

24 May 2018
4:00PM-5:45PM