End Revenge Porn

Stöðvum hefndarklám eftir Þóreyju Mjallhvíti

Revenge porn or non-consensual pornography is the distribution of intimate or sexual images or recordings, without the consent of those who are pictured. Non-consensual pornography is online sexual violence.

The non-consensual distribution of intimate images is colloquially known as “revenge porn” in English. In Iceland, we have stopped referring to this practice using the word “revenge”. “Revenge” porn is a very loaded term, a term which places the shame of the practice on the victim. It suggests that the person in the images has done something which warrants revenge, that the person sharing the images is avenging some wrong. We have colloquially started calling it “hrelliklám” which can be translated as “harass porn”, or “hurt porn”, i.e. porn used to stalk or harass or hurt others.

In 2015, the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association conducted a study on the views of young Icelandic people of non-consensual sharing of images, and a comparative study of legislation around the world which deals with non-consensual sharing of images. The author of the study was Vigdís Fríða Þorvaldsdóttir, and her report, Stöðvum hrelliklám: Löggjöf og umræða, can be read online (only in Icelandic).

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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association is now working on a Nordic study on online violence and survivors’ access to justice. The project aims to document the way in which online violence against women manifests itself in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway. It will consist of in depth interviews with survivors of online violence and non consensual pornography, about their experiences, focusing especially on their attempts to seek justice against the perpetrator.

The study is conducted in cooperation with Kvinderådet in Denmark and KUN in Norway, and is funded by the Nordic equality fund NIKK. An interview with the executive manager of IWRA about the project has been published on NIKK’s website: „Lack of legal security for victims of online violence“.

We host an informative site about non-consensual pornography, www.stöðvumhrelliklám.is.

Rannís, Reykjavík Human Rights Council, Hlaðvarpinn and the Icelandic Ministry of Welfare have funded this project.


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