The perils of ‘revenge porn’ — part two

By Alex Cochrane

In October 2013, I wrote about the recent emergence of revenge porn. This is the increasingly common problem faced by individuals, usually women, on the break-up of a relationship during which they had shared intimate photographs or videos of themselves with their former lover (consensually) and which are then published online (without their consent) in an act of revenge.

In my previous article, I referred to the legislation that was passing through California’s Senate towards the end of last year, which had been specifically drafted to address this phenomenon, and I questioned whether similar legislation might find its way into the UK statute books. It appears that our government has now decided it is time for urgent action. Responding to a call by the former culture secretary Maria Miller for legislation to tackle this ‘appalling practice’, justice secretary Chris Grayling admitted that revenge porn is a growing problem in the UK and on 1 July 2014 he stated the government’s willingness to having a ‘serious discussion about this with a view to taking appropriate action in the autumn’.

According to the US-based End Revenge Porn campaign, one in 10 ex-partners have threatened to expose risqué images of their ex-partner online, with approximately 20 sites operating in the UK where people can view revenge porn images…

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