Revenge Porn is the new technological crime named by the Australian parliament. Though individual states, namely, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia have passed general laws on the issue, our Commonwealth as a nation, is yet to pass national laws that specifically target the issue at hand.

However, if there were laws being introduced into Australia regarding ‘revenge porn’, there are a few grey areas which need to be addressed, says the Crown Prosecutors of the Department of Public Prosecution. They have specifically recognized the need for a law regarding ‘revenge porn’ for children under the age of 16 who are exposed to explicit content.

The Commonwealth Office of the Director of the Department of Public Prosecutions has written a submission to the parliament stating ‘there are limitations on existing commonwealth laws to adequately deal with ‘revenge porn’ conduct”  and also commented on the lack of protection it gives woman against vengeful partners who explicitly show their ex-partner’s intimate photos with the sole intention of causing them harm.

Terri Butler and Tim Watts, Federal MP’s have told the public, currently there are changes being made to the Telecommunications Act and in order to update it with today’s technology.

News.com.au interviewed a victim of this horrific activity, who had to go to the extent of legally change her last name so that employers would not find the video posted by her ex-boyfriend.  Since no proper federal laws are were in place to protect revenge-porn victims, legal assistance became a hurdle. She did not know how to hide this situation from the dozen of texts she was receiving as her video was posted in a number of different adult entertainment sites.

The Woman’s Legal Service of NSW are flooded with complaints regarding stalking and abuse online. Other front line services are also being called for to handle this situation for victims of this abuse.

A recent study by the American Psychological Association found that nearly 10 per cent of ex-partners have threatened to share sexually explicit images online.