‘Revenge Porn' Declared Illegal, Offenders to Face Jail

Sharing so called “Revenge Porn” or explicit images of former partners without their consent is to become a new crime and offenders could face two years in jail.

During the last two years, more than 150 cases of revenge porn have been reported in different parts of the country including an 11 year old girl in Manchester.

The number of reported cases involving distribution of sexually inappropriate pictures via internet, text messages and other such means has increased alarmingly. According to the reports, people tend to take revenge by circulating the explicit images of their former partners when a relationship ends which can be extremely distressing for the victims causing them severe psychological harm.

Police reports suggest that the vast majority of victims were women – but only six incidents resulted in police action due to the absence of any direct law.

Currently, there’s no law specifically dealing with such cases, although some perpetrators have been convicted under the Malicious Communications Act.

However, the new Criminal Justice and Courts Bill will have an amendment dealing specifically with the practice.

The legislation, which is currently going through Parliament, will cover photographs or films which show people engaged in sexual activity or depicted in a sexual way or with their genitals exposed, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public.

Now that the amendments are being proposed, it provides a basis for legal action against anyone who compromises one’s privacy by sharing sexually images both online and offline.

If you have been a victim of “revenge porn” or you are being blackmailed by your former partner, you may also wish to seek advice on a claim for harassment or a non-molestation order and our barristers at Open Counsel will guide you through by taking legal action against the offenders keeping your privacy intact.

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