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Revenge Porn

Overview

“You can’t leave me and If you do I’ll make your life a living hell with the pictures I have of you …”

One form of digital abuse you might have heard of is non-consensual pornography, often called “revenge porn.”

Revenge porn intersects with sexual abuse, as it involves the digital distribution of naked or sexually explicit pictures and/or videos of a person without their consent.

It’s called “revenge” porn because the images or videos are often used as retaliation or as blackmail material by a current or former partner.

At Rehouse to Rehome, we often hear from many people who have been the victim of revenge porn.

Some victims have willingly shared images privately with their partners, only to have their partners break their trust and later threaten to distribute images of them publicly.
Others have had partners coerce or force them into creating sexually explicit materials in order to shame, control and manipulate them. Alternatively, an abusive partner may take photographs or videos without the victim’s knowledge and use them making threats to share those materials online, to maintain control over the victim.

If you are a victim of revenge porn:

• Keep any evidence: take screenshots of posts or messages as evidence is essential in bringing an offender to justice.

• Don’t retaliate or engage with the offender.

• Report incidents and crimes to the police by calling 101 or report it online.

• Don’t be embarrassed to report and talk to the police, they will not judge you, the police will handle your case sensitively.

• Report to the website which pictures have been uploaded to.

Like all forms of abuse revenge porn can happen to anyone and it is extremely traumatising.
It’s important that we remember, it’s everyone’s right to say “no”.

If you are not comfortable sending your partner sexually explicit images, don’t!
No one is ever obligated to engage in sexual activity of any kind with anyone.

If your partner continues making requests or demanding images or videos that you are not comfortable taking or sending we encourage you to speak openly with your partner about your feelings and the things that make you feel uncomfortable.

The Details

 

Under new legislation which will cover England & Wales (Criminal Justice and Courts Bill), it will soon be easier to prosecute instances of ‘Revenge Porn’. Those found guilty of it, can be sentenced to up to 2 years in prison and a fine.

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 offence applies both online and offline, and to images which are shared electronically or in a more traditional way so it includes the uploading of images on the internet, sharing by text and e-mail, or showing someone a physical or electronic image.

What constitutes private and sexual materials?

Under the new offence, private materials are those showing anything not usually seen in public. Sexual material not only covers images that show the pubic region, but anything that a reasonable person would consider to be sexual so this could be a picture of someone who is engaged in sexual behaviour or posing in a sexually provocative way,

Existing legislation

This is not the first, nor only offence, relating to Revenge Porn. In 2014, the Crown Prosecution Service published new guidelines on existing legislation, to support successful convictions.

A factsheet has been prepared for police officers on the new offence.

Published 3 February 2015

(GOV.UK)

Revenge Porn Helpline:
0345 6000 459
 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Emails can be sent any time to help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk
www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk 

In October 2014, The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling agreed an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill.

“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.”

 

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