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Increasing 'revenge porn' incidents must be tackled, charities warn

Written by James Delahunty @ 03 Apr 2014 5:09 User comments (4)

Increasing 'revenge porn' incidents must be tackled, charities warn Several charities are warning about increasing reports from victims of 'revenge porn', and feel the example set in some U.S. states must be followed to curb the growing problem.
In a nutshell, 'revenge porn' is sexually explicit material uploaded by ex-partners after relationships have gone sour. In some cases, victims even had their personal details posted publicly along with the explicit material.

In the UK, several charitable organizations have voiced concerns over rising levels of such incidents, including the National Stalking Helpline, Women's Aid and the UK Safer Internet Centre, reports the BBC News website.

Several states in the U.S. have already introduced laws that tackle revenge porn, and have been tested. In New Jersey, a man was jailed for six months for posting explicit photos of an ex-partner whom he has been in a relationship with for over ten years.

She said she made a stupid mistake by giving him the pictures in the first place, but that she never thought he would do something like this. The pictures spread quickly from being on three sites, to over 200, causing the woman considerable distress.

"Once he put the pictures up he crossed the line. You're ruining someone's life," she said.

In the UK, some anti-harassment laws on the books can help to prosecute an offender, but there are fears that many victims are too embarrassed to come forward.

"I think we're a bit slow catching up here and because it's being talked about a lot more in America they're starting to introduce more robust laws," said Laura Higgins, helpline manager at the UK Safer Internet Centre.

"There is legislation here in the UK but I don't think it's very co-ordinated. It depends very much on who your local police force are and whether your courts have had experience of dealing with these issues."

Source: BBC News

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4 user comments

13.4.2014 17:38

I know this is case by case, but if that Woman of 10 years cheated on him or did something awful to him maybe it was deserved. If you don't want the pictures posted don't send them in the first place or wrong someone that has them.

On the flip side, if someone breaks up with you the right way and didn't do anything wrong, you are kind of an asshole for uploading those

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Apr 2014 @ 5:38

23.4.2014 20:37

If your a woman, perhaps you should know better than to have your pussy photographed.....

34.4.2014 09:16

Even if she cheated, that doesn't give anyone the right to post them on the internet. At least in Finland you will get either jail or a big fine and have to pay the individual you caused distress or both of them in most cases. Making sex videos or pictures isn't very smart in the long run but lots of people do it.

44.4.2014 11:28

Honestly people? Grow up...

If it doesn't work out, leave it at that!

To delete, or not to delete. THAT is the question!

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