Regulating ‘Revenge Porn’: Is a New Crime the Answer?

Please find details below of the third seminar in Northumbria’s Gender, Sexuality and Law seminar series for 2014/15.  It takes place on 8 December 2014 at 1pm (until 2.30pm) in Room 221.  This is in the Faculty of Business and Law Building at Northumbria (number 17 on the map)

Dr Nikki Godden (Newcastle University) will be presenting on: ‘Regulating ‘Revenge Porn’: Is a New Crime the Answer?’

picture.php‘Revenge porn’ – the distribution of intimate images/videos of a person without their consent – has been the subject of public, press and political attention in recent years. New crimes have been created to respond to the problem in a number of jurisdictions across the world. England and Wales is following suit, with the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill creating an offence of ‘Disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress’. Nikki will talk about the new offence, and present the wider picture of the problem and harms which have, for the most part, been absent from public and political debates.

Nikki’s research interests are in the areas of rape law and policy, sexual violence and restorative justice, and tort law and gendered harms. She is on the steering committee for the Gender Research Group (Newcastle University) and PECANS (a law, gender & sexuality Postgraduate research & early career researcher network), and is a member of the Feminist Legal Studies editorial board.

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