Revenge Pornography in Uganda: Addressing the Crime of Intimate Disclosure

Author(s): Allen Asiimwe
Type:
Final project
Year of publication:
2020
Specialisation:
Gender Based Violence
Number of pages:
24
Supervisors: Þórður Kristinsson

Abstract

Image based sexual abuse is today heavily supported and facilitated by the advanced technology that has created a cyberspace that is toxic to women in forms and ways commonly known as revenge pornography. The name revenge pornography in away seems to suggest that women that appear in the sexual images and videos that have been shared deserve to be punished. It suggests that that the perpetrator has been offended by the victim and therefore in all ways has the right to share the victim’s images or videos. Media platforms and those that continuously share the images never bother to find out whether consent was obtained before the images or videos were shared. Victims of this form of abuse see and obtain little protection despite having legislation in effect in the case of Uganda, such as the Ant-Pornography and the Computer Misuse Act. It’s against this background that the project will address the crime of intimate disclosure by steering public discourse and conversations to the psychosocial impacts of revenge pornography on women and men in Uganda. Through different media platforms, the project will launch a media campaign to counteract the narrative and bad practices of image based sexual abuse. The project will also create a safe space for women to discuss the issue of revenge pornography in detail facilitated by victims who will share first hand experiences and implications of revenge pornography with other women in what has been dubbed equip circles. The project will also profile and document stories of victims of revenge pornography in what has been called a visual casebook with an aim of sharing victims’ actual stories as opposed to what their perpetrators have made them look and become on media platforms. The visual casebook will demonstrate that there is more to the cases and stories of revenge pornography than what is presented in the media. The visual casebook will also provide an alternative voice that has for long been silenced yet requires to be heard. The project will finally engage and lobby legislators to review the Ant-pornography and Computer Misuse Act to protect the plight of victims of revenge pornography and recognize intimate disclosure with no consent as a crime.