Image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) is the non-consensual creation, distribution or threatened distribution of nude or sexual images. Also known as ‘revenge pornography‘, IBSA affects a significant proportion of the population and has wide-ranging impacts. This report provides an empirical account of the prevalence, nature and impact of IBSA in Australia and analyses existing and proposed laws governing this behaviour.
The study involved both quantitative and qualitative methods, including the first national online survey on IBSA in Australia, a review of relevant criminal offences in Australia and internationally, stakeholder engagement and in-depth interviews. The survey found that 23 percent of respondents reported being a victim of some form of IBSA and 10 percent reported engaging in IBSA themselves. Significantly, 81 percent of respondents believed IBSA should be a criminal offence.