Image based sexual abuse is the act of sharing and distributing intimate photos or videos without the owner’s consent. Currently in Ireland there’s no legislation or criminal liability associated with sharing images, meaning people are completely unprotected in the eyes of the law.
In recent weeks, a discord server containing what is thought to be tens of thousands of images of Irish women and girls, posted without consent, was discovered. This has created a new surge in the #EndIBSAIreland movement. Erica Carter sat down with Caroline Counihan, a member of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, to discuss this issue and when we might see legislation take affect.