New sexting laws for Victoria

The Herald Sun is reporting that:

ELECTRONICALLY sharing sexually explicit images of another person without their consent – also known as sexting – will become illegal in Victoria.

The government tabled its response to an inquiry into sexting in parliament on Tuesday and the legislation will also ensure youths found sexting do not end up facing child pornography charges.

Legislation will be introduced into Victorian Parliament in 2014, with penalties to be decided then.

The Herald Sun have also promoted the Australian Federal Police video warning young adults of the dangers of sexting.

Australian Institute of Family Studies report on the role of emerging communication technologies in experiences of sexual violence

Recently the Australian Institute of Family Studies published a report entitled The role of emerging communication in experiences of sexual violence. They explain:

This research study investigates how communication technologies facilitate sexual violence against young people and what challenges this presents for the Victorian criminal justice system. Based on interviews with young people and professionals working with young people, it examines the effects of technology on the lives of young people, the interface between emerging communication technologies and experiences of sexual violence, and the factors that enable or hinder appropriate legal responses. Communication technologies such as online social networking sites and mobile phones are considered, and their use in identifying and grooming potential victims, blackmail and intimation, sexting, harassment, and pornography.

Contents include:

Please note

Some of the content in this report contains information that may cause distress to the reader. If distressed, please call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

This report is certainly well worth reading. Although communication technologies can be used for amazingly creative purposes, like everything, they can be abused and put others at risk.