Marino calls for submissions on imaged-base abuse

Member for Forrest Nola Marino is calling for submissions from people in the South West on a proposed civil penalties regime which will target both perpetrators and sites that host intimate images and videos that have been shared without consent.

Mrs Marino, who has delivered hundreds of cyber safety presentations, said this is the next step in the Turnbull Government acting to combat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’ or ‘image-based abuse’.

Working in concert with State and Territory Governments, both criminal and civil penalties will be pursued against perpetrators of this growing form of abuse.

Additionally, a meeting of the COAG Law, Crime and Community Safety Council has released a national statement of principles relating to the criminalisation of non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

“I’ve been working for improved imaged-based abuse laws for a long time,” Mrs Marino said.

“Image-based abuse can have a profound effect on people’s lives.

“I strongly urge anyone who has been affected in the South West to make a submission.”

Pending the outcomes of consultations, the civil penalties regime will complement an online complaints portal which will allow victims to report instances of image-based abuse and access immediate and tangible support. The portal will be launched by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner in the second half of 2017.

To make a submission and to see discussion paper, visit: communications.gov.au/have-your-say/civil-penalty-regime-non-consensual-sharing-intimate-images. Submissions will be received until June 30.

Under the proposed regime, the eSafety Commissioner could be given new powers to investigate complaints and take action to remove or limit the distribution of intimate images shared without consent.

The discussion paper calls for feedback on potential enforcement measures such as civil penalties, enforceable undertakings, injunctions, and infringement and take-down notices.

Face to face consultations will also occur through workshops. The details of these workshops will be made available during the consultation process.

For a range of resources and advice for those who may have experienced the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, visit esafety.gov.au