‘Revenge porn’ law change is step in right direction

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Police have welcomed a change in law which bans the exploitative practice of sharing intimate and often explicit photos in order to shame and humiliate trusting victims.

The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, prohibits the disclosure of private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’.

It is now an offence for a person to disclose a private sexual photograph or film if the disclosure is made without the consent of the individual who appears in it, and with the intention of causing that individual distress.

Anyone guilty of this offence could face a prison sentence up to two years, a fine or both.

In the year 2014/15, Bedfordshire Police responded to three incidents which, under the new law, may have been dealt with as a revenge porn-type offence.

If you or someone you know is being threatened with or is subject to revenge porn offences, please call Bedfordshire Police on the non-emergency number 101 or text 07786 200 011.

You can also visit www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk for information regarding a new helpline.