Trend, Pattern or Crime: A Critical Appraisal of Image-Based Sexual Abuse in the 21st Century Webinar in collaboration with Stand to End Rape (STER) Initiative, Nigeria

Image-Based Sexual Abuse (IBSA) refers to the non-consensual creation and/or distribution of private, sexual images including typical revenge porn, as well as consensually taken images that have been hacked or stolen and then shared.

The harms of image-based sexual abuse are deeply gendered and victims mostly women and girls and the abuse and harassment to which they are subjected is sexualised and misogynistic, but in some cases, men suffer extortion and blackmail. The persistence of sexual double standards enables offenders to shame and humiliate victims, with families, friends, employers and strangers commonly blaming victims.

AGA-Africa is firm on its stand against Gender Based Violence of any form. In collaboration with Stand to End Rape (STER) Initiative, we held a webinar on 7th December 2021 titled “Trend, Pattern or Crime: A Critical Appraisal of Image-Based Sexual Abuse in the 21st Century”.

The webinar was aimed at providing a platform for thought-provoking discussions among human rights activists, law officers, law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, lawyers, government (federal and states) ministries and the general public on the legislation on image-based sexual violence with a view to engender the necessary reforms required to create a robust legislation that covers all forms of image-based sexual abuse and include civil and criminal remedies to the victims.

The webinar was officially opened by AGA-Africa Country Coordinator for Nigeria and Partner, PUNUKA Attorneys and Solicitors Ebelechukwu Enedah.

The highly informative sessions were facilitated by experienced subject matter experts: Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Chairperson, United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons (UNVTF) and Founder of ROOTS Foundation, Miiko Anderson, Certified Legal Criminal Specialist and Senior Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Amy Stephens, Executive Leader/Government Affairs Catalyst  and Senior Advisor, Administration for Children and Families(ACF), Rita Uzoma Okolo, Legal Practitioner and Founder, Urio Foundation, Khadijah El-Usman, Lead, Anglophone West-Africa, Paradigm Initiative, Benjamin Nwosu, Head of Chambers at OFY Lawyers and Human Rights Lawyer and Richard A. Aborisade, PhD Associate Professor, Criminology and Victimology, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University.

Isioma Nnenna Alexis Idigbe, Head Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law, PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors, moderated the sessions.

AGA-Africa Country Coordinator for Nigeria and Partner, PUNUKA Attorneys and Solicitors Ebelechukwu Enedah brought the successful webinar to a close.