Image-based abuse is more common than you might think.
Many Australians have experienced image-based abuse – it affects people regardless of their age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, education or bank balance. If it happens to you, you’re not alone.
It doesn’t matter whether the person in the image agreed to the image being taken in the first place. If the image is shared without the consent of the person shown in it, it is image-based abuse.
Examples of image-based abuse include:
- A current or ex-partner shares an intimate image on social media without your consent.
- You send your intimate image to a friend or acquaintance and that person posts it online without your consent.
- A work colleague Photoshops an image of you making it look like it is an explicit image of you and shares it broadly via email.
- A violent or abusive partner posts explicit images online to further hurt or humiliate you.
- A person threatens to share an intimate image if you do not give them money, perform a sexual act or provide more images.
People like you
The following real life stories show how far reaching image-based abuse (also known as ‘revenge porn’) is in Australia. These stories show the suffering image-based abuse can cause and the steps that victims have taken to deal with it.
All names and other personal information in these stories have been changed to protect the person who was abused.