The Internet Never Forgets: Image-Based Sexual Abuse and the Workplace

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Melody Rood, Student Success and Open Education Librarian (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Image-based sexual abuse (IBSA), commonly known as revenge pornography, is a type of cyberharassment that often results in detrimental effects to an individual’s career and livelihood. Although there exists valuable research concerning cyberharassment in the workplace generally, there is little writtenabout specifically IBSA and the workplace. This chapter examines current academic research on IBSA,the issues with defining this type of abuse, victim blaming, workplace policy, and challenges to victimsurvivors’redress. The authors explore monetary motivation for websites that host revenge pornographyand unpack how the dark web presents new challenges to seeking justice. Additionally, this chapterpresents recommendations from the literature focusing on shifting cultural attitudes, effective legislation,and increased education and training.This chapter published as an Open Access Chapter distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution,and production in any medium, provided the author of the original work and original publication source are properly credited.

Additional Information

Handbook of research on cyberbullying and online harassment in the workplace (pp. 107-128). Hershey, PA: IGI Global
Language: English
Date: 2021

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