“So-called Revenge Porn”: The Importance of Terminology and the Role of News Media Reporting in the Prevention of Violence Against Women

Mrs Michelle Gissara1,2

1RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Accessibility in digital image sharing has transformed trends in sexual violence against women, and as a result, cases of image-based sexual abuse are increasingly reported in Australian news media. Image-based sexual abuse is defined as the non-consensual taking, creating, sharing, or threats to take, create, or share intimate images (Henry, et al., 2019). This study contends that news media representation of image-based sexual abuse is likely to focus on the ex-partner narrative of revenge porn rather than encompassing victim harms. Additionally, this study hypothesised: i) news media will use the term revenge porn more than the terms image-based abuse or image-based sexual abuse; ii) news media will not have consistent definitions for the terms revenge porn, image-based abuse, and image-based sexual abuse; and iii) news sources will fail to provide links to resources and systems of support indicative of the VicHealth (2007) Violence Prevention Framework. Utilizing a Critical Discourse Analysis framework and the key themes of the VicHealth (2007) Violence Prevention Framework this study transcribed and systemically and thematically coded a broad dataset of reputable Victorian print and televised news media segments. The results concluded that news media are more than three times as likely to use revenge porn, than image-based abuse, and are approximately 25 times more likely to use revenge porn, than image-based sexual abuse. Overall, recommendations for news media have been proposed to strongly encourage more accurate representation of image-based sexual abuse to ensure active promotion of resources and systems of support for all Victorians.

References:

Henry, N., Flynn, A., & Powell, A. (2019). Image-based sexual abuse: Victims and perpetrators. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, Australian Institute of Criminology. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332172629_Image-based_sexual_abuse_Victims_and_perpetrators

VicHealth. (2007). Preventing violence before it occurs: A framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria. https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/-/media/ProgramsandProjects/DiscriminationandViolence/PreventingViolence/framework-web.pdf


Biography:

Michelle is a Kardu Diminin woman living in Narrm (Melbourne) who graduated from a Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology in 2020 and a Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours) in 2021, both at RMIT University. Her honours thesis focused on image-based sexual abuse representation in Victorian news media. Michelle is currently a Masters of Research student at Victoria University and part of the  Ngarnga Nanggit (Wisdom of the Elders) ARC Project- An Intergenerational Oral History of the Victorian Koori Courts. Michelle is investigating the role of artwork in fostering connections to Country, culture, and community.

Date

Aug 30 2021
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Time

8:00 am - 6:00 pm