Understanding Revenge Pornography: Public Perceptions of Revenge Pornography and Victim Blaming


Bothamley, Sarah; and Tully, Ruth


2018 in Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 10(1), pp. 1-10

  • This study finds that society is increasingly recognising that revenge pornography is an serious offence, that has negative consequences on its victims.
Purpose: The disclosure of private images with the intent of causing distress is often described as 'revenge pornography'. In the UK, this newly legislated crime has received a high level of media attention following several high profile cases, however, there is a paucity of research in this area. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach: In total, 168 adults (UK general public) completed an online survey using a vignette approach. Views of the influence of perpetrator-victim relationship length... READ FULL ABSTRACT
  • "This research has examined a relatively new area of criminal legislation. In comparison to more established crimes such as rape and stalking, there is a paucity of research on revenge pornography. Establishing the prevalence of revenge pornography is critical to progressing research, however this is marred by difficulties caused by lack of awareness of the relevant legislation."
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