Title: Revenge Pornography in Uganda: Addressing the Crime of Intimate Disclosure

Author(s): Allen Asiimwe
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Gender Based Violence
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Supervisors: Þórður Kristinsson


Image based sexual abuse is today heavily supported and facilitated by advanced technology, creating a cyberspace that is toxic to women, commonly known as revenge pornography. The name revenge pornography suggests that the women who appear in the sexual visual material deserve to be punished. It suggests that the perpetrator has been offended by the victim, and therefore has the right to share the victim’s images or videos. In the case of Uganda, victims of this form of abuse see and obtain little protection, despite having legislation in effect such as the Anti-Pornography and the Computer Misuse Act. This project, through different media platforms, will launch a media
campaign to counteract the narrative and bad practices of image based sexual abuse. This project will also create a safe space for women to discuss the issue of revenge pornography, facilitated by victims themselves. The project will also profile and document stories of victims of revenge pornography, creating a visual casebook with an aim of sharing victims’ actual stories as opposed to the stories structure by their perpetrators. The visual casebook will provide an alternative voice, that has for too long been silenced. Lastly, the project will engage and lobby legislators to review the Ant-pornography and Computer Misuse Act to protect the plight of victims of revenge pornography and to recognize intimate disclosure with no consent, as a crime.

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