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Criminalising "revenge porn": Did the Harmful Digital Communications Act get it right?

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Show simple item record Upperton, Theresa Jacqueline 2016-10-27T02:07:21Z 2016-10-27T02:07:21Z 2015 2015
dc.description.abstract This essay examines the problem of revenge pornography (“revenge porn”) in New Zealand. It argues that the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 provides an insufficient remedy due to its broad wording, and that the intention and harm requirements of the offence are problematic. This essay advocates for the introduction of a specific revenge porn offence to be inserted into the New Zealand Crimes Act 1961. It begins by exploring revenge porn’s impact on victims, and discusses the current legal remedies available here and in comparative jurisdictions. It then proposes a new offence that would focus on the elements of the revenge porn act itself, rather than requiring that the perpetrator intends to cause harm and that the victim actually suffers harm. This essay argues that the introduction of such an offence would provide an effective deterrent for initial and subsequent disclosers of revenge porn alike, and clarify the scope of revenge porn in New Zealand for victims, perpetrators, and the courts. Further, such an offence would place a reasonable limit on freedom of expression and send a clear social message as to revenge porn’s criminal nature. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.subject Revenge porn en_NZ
dc.subject Criminal law en_NZ
dc.subject Harmful Digital Communications Act en_NZ
dc.title Criminalising "revenge porn": Did the Harmful Digital Communications Act get it right? en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Law en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180102 Access to Justice en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180114 Human Rights Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180199 Law not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ

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