Marthe Goudsmit

Photo Credit: Caecilia Rasch


I am Marthe Goudsmit. I studied law and philosophy at Leiden University. When I was a student, several big cases of image-based sexual abuse were widely reported to the media, most prominently amongst them what became known as ‘the Fappening‘. Many photo’s of celebrities and of lesser known people (mostly women) were published against their will.I was annoyed by friends who saw no harm in looking at these photo’s, and realised quickly that the law could barely protect victims.

I started my research on revenge pornography in 2015; that year I finished a masters in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law by writing my first master thesis on the criminalisation of revenge pornography in The Netherlands. After finishing this masters I started working as a lecturer at the jurisprudence department of the Leiden University Law Faculty, where I worked until June 2018.

In 2016 I wrote my second thesis on image-based sexual abuse, which I wrote at the University of Oxford under supervision of professor Jonathan Herring. This thesis was the final work for a masters in Philosophy of Law. Lastly, in 2017, I finished my third masters in Public International Law, and consequently worked as a lecturer in that department of Leiden University.

In 2018 I started my doctorate research at the University of Oxford. That is not cheap, so I need money to be able to finish my research.