'Revenge Porn': A Victim Focused Response

  • Alyse Dickson
Keywords: revenge pornography, remedies, reform, criminal law


This article argues that the Australian Parliament should provide victims of revenge pornography with a victim focused response to enable the fast removal of intimate images from the internet and to mitigate the harm that the ongoing public access to the images can cause. Part I outlines the reasons why revenge pornography has created a new problem for the law. Part II addresses the existing legal remedies and Part III outlines the different approaches that the Australian Parliament could plausibly adopt. It argues that while criminal laws and civil remedies may assist, they do not provide efficient remedies for victims. The article concludes that the Australian Parliament should extend the powers of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner to deal with adult victims as well as child victims and thereby facilitate the fast removal of revenge pornography from the internet.