Wednesday, March 15, 2023
McGlynn on Cyberflashing
Professor Clare McGlynn (Durham Law School, Durham University) has posted Cyberflashing: Consent, Reform and the Criminal Law (The Journal of Criminal Law, 86(5), 336–352) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In the context of growing calls for a new law criminalising cyberflashing – the digital distribution of penis images to another without consent – this article makes the case for a comprehensive, ‘consent-based’ criminal offence specifically targeting cyberflashing. It justifies this approach by examining the core wrongs of cyberflashing and suggests draft legislative text for such an offence. In making this case, the article analyses and rejects the Law Commission’s recent proposal for a ‘motive-based’ cyberflashing law. Ultimately, it is argued that while the Law Commission's proposal is a welcome recognition of the harms of cyberflashing and need for reform, it does not go far enough to offer the redress victim-survivors are seeking, nor does it provide an appropriate normative foundation for education and preventative initiatives.