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Impacts and needs

Image-based abuse – impacts and needs

A high proportion of those targeted by image-based abuse have suffered serious impacts.

11% of online Australians 18+ have had a nude or sexual photo/video posted online or sent on without their consent.

What did victims feel and how were they affected by recent image-based abuse?

How they felt:

  • Annoyed, 65%
  • Angry, 64%
  • Humiliated, 55%
  • Depressed, 40%
  • Afraid for their safety, 32%

How they were negatively affected:

  • Self-esteem, 42%
  • Mental health, 41%
  • Physical well-being, 33%

Image-based abuse had various negative impacts on victims' lives:

  • Relationship with friends, 33%
  • Intimate/sexual relationships, 28%
  • Performance at work or study, 28%
  • Relationships with family, 27%

Victims feared their images may be discovered by their:

  • Friends, 51%
  • Family, 48%
  • Employer, 41%
  • Intimate partner, 40%
  • Childre, 39%

Finding information and support *

Nearly 8 in 10 adult Australians would not know where to go if they became a victim of image-based abuse. Only 22% of adults identified the following sources of help and support:

  • Police, 71%
  • ACORN (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network), 46%
  • Support services, 36%
  • Parents, family and/or friends, 36%
  • Online search, 27%
  • Lawyer, 25%
  • eSafety Commissioner, 23%
  • Website/social media help centre, 22%

What information or support would be helpful?*

  • How to get the image removed, 72%
  • How to report it, 68%
  • Information on laws relating to sharing of nude or sexual photos/videos, 62%
  • Referral to support services, 45%
  • How to manage the impact of image-based abuse, 43%

Willingness to report or seek advice*

  • Comfortable reporting, 6 in 10
  • Comfortable seeking information and advice, 5 in 10

*Question asked of all respondents, whether or not they had been a victim of image-based abuse

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