February 12, 2015

“Revenge Porn” Illegal

Revengeporn

Up to two years in jail!

Revenge porn is sexually explicit material that is publicly shared online without the consent of the pictured individual.  Revenge porn may be uploaded by ex-partners with an intention to shame or embarrass the person in the picture.

Posting “Revenge Porn“, both videos and images, on the internet is becoming a criminal offence in England and Whales (Northern Ireland and Scotland and considering something similar).

It covers online and offline shared images without the subjects permission, with the intent to cause harm.  It also covers people physically giving out the image or video.

The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill has been specifically amended to deal with such actions and will receive Royal Assent and become Law.  The amendment covers images sent on social networks and text message.

Former culture secretary, Maria Miller, spoke on the BBC’s Radio 4’s today program:

“By putting this in place the government has given young women [who are the victims in a vast majority of cases] the opportunity to protect themselves from their lives being blighted”

However Barbora Bukovska, from Article 19, an advocate of freedom of expression, said that criminal legislation would not solve this problem:

“There is probably no need to introduce a new law as there is already enough legislation prohibiting this conduct.”