The UK’s revenge porn help line has seen a huge increase of reports since it was established in 2015. In 2015 it received 500 reports, this increased to over 1000 in 2017.

If someone has a photo or video of you it is very difficult for you to control what they do with it.

Victim support advises that, “even if you are in a relationship think very carefully before you share sexual images, whether it is online, in person or a text. Regularly check your privacy settings on your social media accounts and turn off your webcam when you are not using it.”

If someone does post a sexual image of you, the Revenge Pornline advices that you:

1 Make a record of what has been posted, by taking a screenshot of what has been found and where it has been shared;

2 Get the post removed. It is recommended that you use, “right to be forgotten”. This allows you to ask search engines such as Google to remove material from the search results. In reality this is a difficult step and it may be necessary for you to instruct a Solicitor to help you do this;

3 Tell family and friends what has happened, you will need their help and support.

4 Report what has happened to the Police.

In England, Scotland and Wales revenge porn is a criminal offence. It is described as, “the sharing of private sexual matters, either photos or videos of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress.”
The offence covers, “photos or videos showing people engaged in sexual activity which would not usually be done in public, or with genitals, buttocks or breasts exposed or only covered with underwear. It includes sharing the material as well as posting online.”

The maximum punishment for committing the offence in England and Wales is 2 years in prison. In Scotland, the sentence is 5 years imprisonment.

You tube star Chrissy Chambers has recently settled her 4 year civil case against her ex partner who shared videos of them having sex online.

Chrissy has described feeling, “like her world came crashing down” when she became aware of the video. Her life was affect, “in every way imaginable.”

“I have PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]; I became an alcoholic at 23. I almost died. I had depression, anxiety, night terrors. It affected my relationship.”

Chrissy won monetary damages from her ex partner as well as being assigned copyright to the videos to prevent them from ever being used again.

 

If you have been a victim of revenge porn, please feel free to contact a member of the Jordans abuse team free on 033 03001103.


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