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Image-based sexual abuse sky rocket during COVID-19


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Between March and May 2020, Australia’s eSafety Commissioner received more than 1,000 reports of image-based sexual abuse. This reflects an increase of 210% compared to the average weekly number of reports received in 2019.

Holly Mark spoke to Nicola Henry, an Associate Professor & Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University, about the growing prominence of image-based abuse, national legislation protecting victims of this crime, and how to report it.


Nicola Henry, Associate Professor & Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University


Holly Mark

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