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Bystanders

Image-based abuse — bystanders

Bystanders have an important role to play in combatting image-based abuse.

Bystanders to image-based abuse

  • 19% of online Australians 18+ received a nude or sexual image/video that was shared without the consent of the person depicted or they were unsure of consent

Younger people were more likely to be bystanders

  • 22% of women 18 to 45, 9% of women 46+
  • 28% of men 18 to 45, 16% of men 46+

How did bystanders feel when receiving image-based abuse material?

  • Uncomfortable, 40%
  • OK with it, 18%
  • Angry, 17%
  • Annoyed, 16%
  • Nothing, 15%
  • Thought it was funny, 7%

What actions did bystanders take?

  • 44% didn’t do or say anything
  • 34% said something (not specified) to the person who shared the photo/video
  • 9% prefer not to say
  • 7% wanted to say or do something, but didn’t know what
  • 7% told the person in the photo/video
  • 3% reported it to a relevant authority
  • 1% sought advice from others

Source: Research commissioned by eSafety, May 2017. Respondents comprised 3,216 online women aged 15+ and 903 online men aged 18+ in Australia.