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Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University), Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University),
Dr Delanie Woodlock (DVRCV) and Mandy McKenzie (DVRCV)
While there is much to celebrate about advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), they also create new ways for committing old crimes.
In the case of sexual violence, ICTs create a new medium for perpetrating and continuing gender-based harms and violence against women and girls.
Yet notwithstanding recent media and public attention to teen “sexting” and to the online harassment of women leaders, as a community we are yet to fully comprehend and respond to the various ways that technologies are being used to facilitate sexual violence and harassment against women.
In this seminar, we discuss some troubling trends in technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment including:
the unauthorised use of sexual images and the appropriation and distribution of sexual assault images;
the use of internet services to procure a sexual assault;
online forms of sexual harassment and stalking;
the use of technology in the context of domestic violence;
gender-based hate speech; and
We will also discuss The SmartSafe research conducted by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), the gaps in current policy and legal responses, the ways in which technology is used to enhance women’s safety, and available resources.
Tuesday 29 October, 4-5.30pm
This is a free event. To register for the wait list, please go to Event Registration