Revenge porn claims ‘tip of iceberg’ says Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid has described recent revelations of revenge porn at a large Dublin university as “only the tip of a very large iceberg”.
Revenge porn claims ‘tip of iceberg’ says Women’s Aid

It said allegations of a revenge porn ring at University College Dublin showed the type of behaviour women endured.

“Recent events in a large Dublin third-level institution highlights that this type of behaviour is something that women are facing,” said Women’s Aid director, Margaret Martin.

“What we are hearing is only the tip of a very large iceberg.

“Women have said they feel that their privacy is completely invaded and controlled,” said Ms Martin.

The national charity supporting women experiencing domestic abuse has just launched 2in2u, a dating abuse awareness campaign.

The campaign comes just days after UCD launched an investigation into reports that male students allegedly shared explicit images of women they had sexual relationships with.

In an email sent to students on Monday evening the college warned it could expel any students found to have been involved in a Facebook group sharing nude photos of female students.

UCD’s student newspaper, the College Tribune, reported last Wednesday that up to 200 students were members of a private Facebook group used to share stories about and rate photos of young women.

The college’s deputy president and registrar, Prof Mark Rogers, who issued the email, said the investigation was progressing.

“While our primary concern is to support any vulnerable student victimised by this alleged activity, any breaches of the student code that are identified may result in sanctions up to and including expulsion from the university,” Prof Rogers wrote.

Women’s Aid has previously highlighted that current laws are unfit to deal with digital abuse and domestic violence in the 21st century. It wants whoever forms the next government to enact legislation to better protect women from digital abuse and stalking, including cyber-stalking.

Ms Martin said young women who have never cohabited with their boyfriends fall outside the remit of the Domestic Violence Act.

“To fully protect young women from dating abuse, we need to recognise that abuse can feature within all intimate relationships and make safety orders available to women who have never lived with their boyfriends.

“Until these changes are made, young women in dating relationships remain outside the law.”

Women’s Aid 1800 341900.

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