The Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, is hoping to bring ‘revenge porn’ to an end by introducing an online complaints mechanism for victims.
The mechanism aims to confront angry partners who use technology and social media to share intimate images of former spouses.
The move will be funded from the existing $100 million allocation in the budget.
“Sexual violence is a heinous crime and revenge porn is a grave violation of a person’s freedom,” Senator Cash said.
In April, three Melbourne teenagers were victims of revenge porn.
According to Fairfax, 18-year-old Jess Treloar-Walker, was horrified to find nude photos of herself had been shared on a revenge porn Facebook page.
She said she felt she’d been promoted as a “sex toy”.
“He pretty much just said that I deserved to be exposed. It’s their way of getting back at us,” she said.
“I was so confused, I hadn’t done anything wrong by him. It was so disgusting, I was so angry.”
It is understood images of the victims were taken from Snapchat, some were stolen and videos had been taken ‘mid-act’.
Photo and images were previously being shared to a hidden Facebook page called ‘Melbourne Men’s Society’, which reportedly had 7000 members and another 4500 awaiting approval.
The group has since been shut down.
The harrowing tales echo Senator Cash’s sentiment that more protection is needed to avoid more people becoming victim to these revenge cases.… Read the rest