Sexual Harassment and Abuse: Online and Off

Sexual Harassment and Abuse: Online and Off

A half-day symposium on Sexual Harassment and Abuse: Online and Off
Organised by the School of Psychology and the University’s Gender Studies Programme, The University of Auckland

Tuesday, 28 November 1pm – 5pm
Lecture Theatre OGGB5, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road
Afternoon tea is not provided – BYO water bottle 

Followed by drinks at 5pm at the School of Psychology,
Science Centre, 23 Symonds St, Level 2 reception lobby, Building 302

Panel Chair: Dr Carisa Showden, Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts
Organiser: Nicola Gavey, Psychology, Faculty of Science

Public lectures by visiting scholars – Abstracts below

  • Associate Professor Nicola Henry (Centre for Global Research at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) – Beyond ‘revenge porn’: Responding to image-based abuse in a digital era
  • Dr Fiona Vera-Gray (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Durham Law School, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom) – Rethinking street harassment

Panel discussion with University of Auckland scholars

  • Brandee Thorburn, Psychology, Faculty of Science
  • Dr Claire Meehan, Criminology, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr Jade Le Grice, Psychology, Faculty of Science
  • Dr John Fenaughty, Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and Māori Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Development Studies, Faculty of Arts

Abstracts

Beyond ‘revenge porn’: Responding to image-based abuse in a digital era  – Associate Professor Nicola Henry

Revenge porn is a media-generated term that is used to refer to the non-consensual sharing of intimate images by jilted ex-lovers on social media or via mobile phones. While this term has been instrumental in raising attention to new forms of technology-facilitated abuse, many reject the term as being overly narrow and misleading. Increasingly, the preferred alternative term is image-based abuse or image-based sexual abuse. Image-based abuse includes the non-consensual taking, sharing, or threats to share, of intimate images. It includes a range of different scenarios, including the recording of sexual assaults or rapes; threats made to distribute images in family violence contexts; computer hackers gaining access to webcams and personal computer files; sextortion where scammers threatens to share intimate images for monetary gain; secret recordings of consensual sexual activity; ‘upskirting’ and ‘downblousing’, as well the more paradigmatic examples of embittered partners out to get retribution after a relationship breakdown. This presentation explores the terminological challenges, as well as the scope, nature, prevalence, causes and impacts of image-based abuse. Responses to this issue are also explored, including civil and criminal justice responses, primary prevention campaigns, and other mechanisms that aim to provide some relief to victims.

Rethinking street harassment – Dr Fiona Vera-Gray

The public conversation on violence against women tends to focus on sexual assault and domestic abuse. We talk less about the routine intrusions women experience from men in their everyday lives, even though this is the most common form of sexual violence. Often at their height during women’s adolescence, the routine interruptions women experience from men in public space, from the ubiquitous ‘smile or cheer up’ to flashing, following and frottage, are frequently dismissed as harmless expressions of free speech, too subjective to be legislated against. Drawing from research conducted in the UK, this session will explore the experience as well as its impact, suggesting the need to rethink both our terminology and methodological approaches.

All are welcome to attend. The event is free but registration is required.

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