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Sexual Violence in a Digital Age


  • Analyses the extent of the rise in technology facilitated sexual violence

  • Draws on a breadth of original research into the real-life experiences of victims

  • Explores what must be done to combat the use of technology in gender-based hate crime


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity book series (PSCYBER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
    Pages 1-20
  3. Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 23-47
    3. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 49-76
  4. Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 79-116
    3. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 117-152
    4. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 153-193
  5. Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 197-236
    3. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 237-269
    4. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 271-298
    5. Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry
      Pages 299-310
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-317

About this book


This book examines how digital communications technologies have transformed modern societies, with profound effects both for everyday life, and for everyday crimes. Sexual violence, which is recognized globally as a significant human rights problem, has likewise changed in the digital age. Through an investigation into our increasingly and ever-normalised digital lives, this study analyses the rise of technology-facilitated sexual assault, ‘revenge pornography’, online sexual harassment and gender-based hate speech. Drawing on ground-breaking research into the nature and extent of technology-facilitated forms of sexual violence and harassment, the authors explore the reach of these harms, the experiences of victims, the views of service providers and law enforcement bodies, as well as the implications for law, justice and resistance. Sexual Violence in a Digital Age is compelling reading for scholars, activists, and policymakers who seek to understand how technology is implicated in sexual violence, and what needs to be done to address sexual violence in a digital age.


justice sex violence Digital Age Digital communication Crime Sexual Assault Revenge pornography Online Harassment Gender-based Hate Sexual Violence Human rights

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Justice and Legal StudiesRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Global ResearchRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Anastasia Powell is Senior Lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. 

Nicola Henry is Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. 

Bibliographic information


“This book provides a wide-ranging and insightful account of technology's role in both facilitating and resisting sexual violence. Drawing on philosophy, social science, and legal theory, the authors paint a nuanced portrait of violence against women in the digital age. The book is somber in its descriptions but hopeful in its prescriptions, outlining specific strategies for reform along with hard truths about the devastating impact of technology-facilitated sexual violence. This book is an invaluable resource for scholars, activists, students, and anyone committed to the project of gender equality.” (Dr. Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law, USA)