GISWatch 2015: Not revenge, not porn: analysing the exposure of teenage girls online in Brazil

12 November 2015

By Mariana Giorgetti Valente, Natália Neris and Lucas Bulgarelli

Revenge porn began to permeate the international debate on gender violence a few years ago. Authors, Mariana Giorgetti Valente, Natália Neris and Lucas Bulgarelli of InternetLab – Law and Technology research Center explore and analyse the exposure of teenage girls online.

The term “revenge porn” has become popular internationally for describing a virtual form of violence: the act of an ex-partner making private sexual images or videos public online. Strictly speaking, so-called revenge porn could victimise anyone, but it most involves the violation of women.

Across the world, all stakeholders – government, business and civil society – have been coming up with initiatives to discuss and propose alternatives to eradicate or minimise the effects of revenge porn. There are bills and laws that punish those who upload private images and videos, campaigns aimed at building awareness and offering support to victims, and initiatives by internet companies that aim to block this kind of content

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