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The distribution of revenge porn, an act of digital harassment, is slowly being criminalised across Australia.

Punishing those who share explicit pictures without consent is a welcome development, but commentators say any crackdown ought to be accompanied by another look at how the law treats young people who share intimate images with their peers.

If no change is made, child pornography laws that are intended to protect young people could instead be used to punish normal teenage behavior.

On Monday, the state of New South Wales (NSW) announced it would follow Victoria and South Australia in introducing a law criminalising the distribution of intimate or explicit images without consent. “These images can … be used as a way to deliberately humiliate, control or harass the intended victim,” NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said in a statement. Read more…

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Australia is taking on revenge porn, but young people are still at risk