New online reporting tool to tackle non-consensual sharing of intimate images
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
The Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Women
28 October 2016
The Turnbull Government has announced the
development of a new online reporting tool which will allow victims to report
cases of non-consensual sharing of intimate images (commonly referred to as
‘revenge porn’) and to access immediate and tangible support.
The announcement forms part of a suite of
measures in the Coalition Government’s Third Action Plan of the National
Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, which
is backed by $100 million in Australian Government funding.
Funding totalling $4.8 million will go towards
the development of a national online reporting tool to help counter the effects
of non-consensual sharing of intimate images.
Unfortunately, non-consensual sharing of
intimate images has become increasingly common due to the proliferation of
smartphones and social media. Victims are typically young people.
The online reporting tool will be managed by
the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, which has already
established a successful online portal to assist victims of cyberbullying. The
new reporting tool is expected to be launched next year.
The Commissioner also manages the existing
eSafetyWomen website, established with a $2.1 million funding commitment from
the Turnbull Government’s Women's Safety Package announced in September 2015.
eSafetyWomen offers a range of resources to help women manage technology risks
and abuse by giving them the tools they need to be confident when online.
For a range of resources for staying safe
online and extensive advice for those who may have experienced non-consensual
sharing of intimate images, visit www.esafety.gov.au.