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Frontiers of Law and Gender Webinar Series
Criminalising Cyberflashing and Other Forms of Online Sexual Harassment
With increasing social awareness of the harms of image-based sexual violence, there has been growing calls for the criminalisation of various types of online sexual harassment: among them is “cyberflashing” – the digital distribution of unsolicited genital images. The UK has been at the forefront in regulating cyberflashing with their Online Safety Bill, but many activists are arguing vehemently against the current draft that requires an “intent to cause distress” and are advocating for a consent-based model instead. In this webinar, Professor Clare McGlynn will lay out the rationales for criminalising cyberflashing, and critically evaluate the legislative options to do so. Jacey Kan, senior advocacy officer from Hong Kong’s Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women will also join as a discussant, to give us an overview of online sexual harassment in Hong Kong.
Professor McGlynn is a Professor of Law from Durham Law School. She is a leading expert in the legal regulation of pornography, sexual violence and online abuse, in particular cyberflashing and image-based sexual abuse. She regularly provides oral evidence to UK parliamentary inquiries and committees to propel legal reform in the aforementioned areas, and is often featured in the media such as BBC documentaries and ITV news.
Speaker: Professor Clare McGlynn, KC (Hon), Professor of Law, Durham Law School, Durham University
Discussant: Jacey Kan, Senior Advocacy Officer, Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women
Date: May 23, 2023
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Professor Clare McGlynn
03:20 How common is cyberflashing?
04:35 Different circumstances in which cyberflashing takes place
13:28 Harms of cyberflashing
20:02 Criminalisation: general vs. specific
24:09 Campaigns in the UK: partnerships, beyond criminal law
29:22 The problem with the element of intention in sexual offences in Hong Kong
35:16 Kaleidoscopic justice
37:21 Strategies and priorities in pushing for legal reform
49:45 Is there a tendency of judges trivializing the harms of sexual harassment, thus making it more difficult to convince people that it is something that warrants criminalization?
54:25 If people use AI-generated genital image or genital images of other people, would it affect the judgment of the case?