Senator welcomes new online reporting tool to tackle ‘revenge porn’


Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the development of a new online reporting tool for victims of non-consensual sharing of intimate images, commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’.

“As Deputy Chair of the Senate References Committee that reported into the issue of revenge porn, after hearing evidence from a variety of sources and victims, it was very clear that governments at both federal and state level needed to work together on a solution to curbing this alarming online behaviour,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said the Government’s response to the Committee’s report highlighted the work already being undertaken by government and relevant agencies.

“I am pleased to see the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has been given the role of managing this new online reporting tool.

“The Children’s eSafety Commissioner has an established role in assisting victims of cyberbullying, and is well placed to continue to act as an independent authority and provide support to help counter this damaging behaviour,” Senator Macdonald said.

The Commissioner also manages the existing eSafetyWomen website, established with a $2.1million funding commitment from the Turnbull Government’s Women’s Safety Package announced last year.

The new reporting tool is expected to be launched next year. For a range of resources for staying safe online, including extensive advice for those who may have experienced non-consensual sharing of intimate images, visit www.esafety.gov.au

 

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