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Dr. Nicola Henry: Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Dr Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Nicola's research focuses on the prevalence, nature and impacts of sexual violence and harassment, including the legal and non-legal responses in Australian and international contexts. Her research has been largely situated in three socio-legal and criminology fields: (1) transitional and post-conflict justice; (2) rape law reform and primary prevention; and (3) technology-facilitated sexual violence. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on mixed-methods approaches within multidisciplinary teams. In this conversation, we spoke about how technology facilitates sexual violence- specifically image-based sexual abuse. We discussed the forms it takes, what we know about perpetrators, how it affects victim-survivors, how the law tackles it, how it can be prevented among other things. Research Discussed: Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2019). Technology-facilitated sexual violence victimization results from an online survey of Australian adults In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34, 3637 - 3665

Dr. Joanna Bourke: Cultural History

Joanna Bourke is Professor of History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, where she has taught since 1992. She is a Fellow of the British Academy. Over the years, her books have ranged from the social and economic history of Ireland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to social histories of the British working classes between 1860 and 1960s, to cultural histories of military conflict between the Anglo-Boer war and the present. She has worked on the history of the emotions, particularly fear and hatred, and the history of sexual violence. In the past few years, her research has focussed on questions of humanity, militarisation, and pain. She wrote a book entitled What It Means to Be Human. In 2014, she published two books: Wounding the World. How Military Violence and War Games Invade Our World and The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers. In this conversation, we spoke about her book Rape: A history From 1860 to the Present and general themes such as the fall in conviction rates, why we need to look at perpetrators, the importance of a survivor- centered definition of rape & more. https://books.google.co.in/books/about/Rape.html?id=e_EDAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y