Investigating Nonconsensual Intimate Image Sharing

by Christa Miller, Forensic Focus

Nonconsensual intimate image sharing – also known as image-based sexual abuse, nonconsensual pornography, or its original slang, “revenge porn” – has been around since at least the 1980s, but didn’t become a widespread social problem until the internet – and mobile phones – became ubiquitous.

So called because its perpetrators often share intimate images in reaction to a breakup or a fight, “revenge porn” is actually the result of a complex mix of motives. It’s often just as devastating to its victims as physical sexual abuse, and is unevenly policed and enforced. How can investigators and forensic examiners respond?

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