Policy Press

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Cyberflashing

Recognising Harms, Reforming Laws

By Clare McGlynn and Kelly Johnson

Published

Mar 26, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529217629

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 26, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529217636

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 26, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529217636

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Cyberflashing

Cyberflashing has been on the rise since the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, despite its prevalence and significant harms, cyberflashing is not a criminal offence in England and Wales.

This crucial book provides new in-depth analysis, understanding and insight into the nature and harms of cyberflashing. The authors consider recently adopted laws in the US, Singapore and Scotland, and set out proposals to criminalise cyberflashing as a sexual offence in English law.

This unique and timely study presents the first comprehensive examination of cyberflashing and the need to reform the criminal law.

“Anything written by McGlynn and Johnson on this topic is worth reading. Cyberflashing is a growing problem that the law struggles to tackle - this book details why that’s an issue for all of us.” Sophie Gallagher, The Independent

“A refreshing refusal of the routine trivialisation of uninvited so-called ‘dick pics’ – McGlynn and Johnson deliver a compelling case for criminalising these gendered intrusions, while carefully negotiating dilemmas around criminalisation more broadly.” Nicola Gavey, University of Auckland

Clare McGlynn QC (Hon) is Professor of Law at Durham University with over twenty years’ experience influencing criminal law reform relating to sexual violence, image-based sexual abuse and pornography.

Kelly Johnson is Assistant Professor in Criminology at Durham University. Her research expertise includes domestic and sexual violence including cyberflashing, image-based sexual abuse and police responses to domestic abuse.

Introduction

Part I ~ Recognising Cyberflashing

Cyberflashing as a Sexual Intrusion: Nature, Extent and Motivations

The Harms of Cyberflashing

Part II ~ Reforming the Criminal Law

Justifying Criminalisation: Recognition, Redress and Justice

Cyberflashing and the Limits of English Criminal Law

Cyberflashing Laws: Comparative Perspectives

Criminalising Cyberflashing: Recommendations for Law Reform