12th North East Conference on Sexual Violence Responding to Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Next steps for law, policy and practice

Date and time: 

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 10:00


The Thought Foundation, Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB

Presenters and delegates will discuss recent developments in law, policy and practice relating to all forms of the taking and/or sharing of sexual images without consent, and share ideas on how to challenge these harmful practices including through policing, education and law reform.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Professor Clare McGlynn (Durham Law School) and Dr Kelly Johnson (Department of Sociology, Durham University) who will share their current research on survivor experiences and harms.
  • Dr Fiona Vera-Gray (Durham Law School) will look at the nature and extent of non-consensual pornography - such as images of upskirting and 'revenge porn' - commonly available in mainstream commercial pornography.
  • Dr Adrian Scott (Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London) who will be talking about who are the perpetrators of image-based sexual abuse and what their motivations are.
  • Louise Johnson (National Legal Issues Worker at Scottish Women's Aid) will discuss Scottish Women's Aid's campaign for improvements to image-based sexual abuse legislation in Scotland and address further developments that are still required, in order for the Scottish Government to effectively respond to the issue.

With more to be announced.

The conference is free to attend and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.