16 Days of Activism: 16 reasons why we need to speak out about intimate image abuse

From 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day, the Revenge Porn Helpline is supporting the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. 16 Days of Activism is a global awareness campaign to create awareness and start a conversation about gender based violence as a human rights issue. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. We will be using this time to reflect upon 16 reasons why we need to speak out about intimate image abuse.

13,500 clients, 3,500 cases

We cannot escape the truth that intimate image abuse is a growing concern in the UK, we need to talk and we need to act now. Since 2015, the helpline has had over 3,500 cases and over 13,500 contacts with clients. We have removed nearly 20,000 intimate images and videos on behalf of clients. In our very own Revenge Porn Helpline blog, we will discuss the facts, the challenge and the issues which need to be raised to start not only a conversation but create a call to action against this form of abuse. We want to stamp out victim blaming, including the classic ‘they shouldn’t have taken the picture in the first place’, change the behaviours of perpetrators, and inform the public that this is a real issue and a real crime.

We want to be at the forefront of reframing the conversation around issues of intimate image abuse. We are joining this campaign to contribute towards the awareness of this abuse, and other prolific forms of abuse and gender based violence in the UK.

Our 16 days of activism blog will be posted here

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