Revenge Porn

What is Revenge Porn?
Revenge Porn is the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress. The images are
sometimes accompanied by personal information about the subject, including their full name, address and links to their social media profiles.
The offence applies both online and offline and to images which are shared electronically or in a more
traditional way so includes the uploading of images on the internet, sharing by text and e-mail, or showing
someone a physical or electronic image.

Where might it be shared?
Images can be posted on social media or blogs, dating sites, porn sites or websites which have been deliberately set up to host this content. Pretty much any site which hosts photos or video can contain it, along with message boards and chatrooms, where users can exchange pictures.

The Law
In October 2014 an amendment was made to the Criminal Justice Bill as agreed by The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling “It shall be an offence for a person to publish a private sexual image of another identifiable person without their consent where this disclosure causes distress to the person who is the subject of the image.”
There are also several other criminal acts which this behaviour may fall under, the Malicious Communications Act, and the Stalking and Harassment Act could be utilised, both of which have a possible prison sentence. For the Harassment element to apply the behaviour needs to be a repeated act, for example replicating the images on numerous sites, or reposting over a period of time.

The Police
As this is a fairly new offence, it is helpful to be prepared before reporting to the Police. Evidence is essential, keep screenshots of any posts, especially any of a threatening nature, and those sent privately. Ensure you include time and dates of any offensive messages. Don’t retaliate or engage in dialogue with the perpetrator. Any harassment, online abuse, extortion, or threat to post your intimate images is against the law.

How to report it?
Depending on where the content is hosted you might be able to request that the site remove it. Most Social Networks don’t allow nudity on their sites, and many UK adult sites only allow content uploaded with consent.
You may be able to request that the search engine which holds the info remove it, in the first instance Google, Yahoo and Bing all have tools which enable you to remove search listings in your name. Google have also now allowed a “right to be forgotten” rule, which means that you can ask for actual content to be deleted, not just the references to your name. This only applies for content hosted in the EU.

Where to go for further information and support….

Revenge Porn Helpline:
Call: 0845 6000 459 Open 10am- 4pm Monday to Friday
Email: help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk

http://www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk/

www.gov.uk/government/publications/revenge-porn-be-aware-b4-you-share

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