‘Image based abuse’ (IBA) – the facts
Image-based abuse (IBA) occurs when nude, intimate, or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured. This includes real, altered (“photoshopped’), as well as drawn pictures and videos. While most image-based abuse is about the actual sharing of images without consent, it can also include the threat of an image being shared.
Once an image gets misused, it’s very quick for an image to go viral, and for everyone to see it using popular chat apps such as WhatsApp or Kik.
Image-based abuse is also more commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’, ‘non-consensual sharing of intimate images’, or ‘intimate image abuse’. ‘Revenge porn’ is the term most commonly used in the media, but in many cases IBA is not about ‘revenge’, nor is it restricted to ‘porn’. IBA can occur for a range of motives and can include many kinds of images and video.
For those who have been the target of image based abuse – whist it is quite confronting, you need to realise that it is not your fault, and you are not alone.
You can report Image-Based Abuse, and it can be dealt with.
Topics to discuss with your children:
- To be aware of what “image based abuse” is in the first place.
- Know what ‘sexting’ is – and how these images can be misused.
- That you should never take or share intimate photos or videos of your body, or anyone else’s.