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Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into revenge porn



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CATRYNA BILYK SENATOR FOR TASMANIA DEPUTY OPPOSITION WHIP IN THE SENATE

SENATE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO REVENGE PORN

Today, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee held a public hearing as part of its inquiry into revenge porn.

The Committee heard from family violence and sexual assault support services, law enforcement, government agencies and academics on the impact of revenge porn on victims, and potential legal and policy responses to this emerging problem.

“Victim support groups detailed to the committee some of the horrendous situations that many Australians, mostly women, find themselves in at the hands of ex-partners and others,” Senator Bilyk said.

“One of the most horrible aspects of the „revenge porn‟ phenomenon is that people are being blackmailed to stay in abusive relationships with the threat of releasing intimate images to family, work colleagues, or the general public,” Senator Bilyk said.

“Many witnesses stated the view that a new Commonwealth Law is needed to stop this degrading practice,‟ Senator Bilyk said.

Senator Bilyk congratulated her Labor colleagues Tim Watts MP and Terri Butler MP on bringing the matter to the Parliament‟s attention through their private members‟ bill.

Labor and the crossbench initiated the Inquiry to examine the issue of revenge porn due to a concern about the impact of revenge porn on victims and the Australian community more broadly, particularly in the context of family violence.

The Inquiry is due to report on 25 February 2016.

Full details of the inquiry can be found here.

THURSDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2016

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