Revenge Porn Helpline Launched

following changes to the law to tackle the crime

Revenge Porn Helpline Launched

On 9th February a revenge porn helpline for victims was launched with support from the Government. The service, is run by the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) Trust, a not-for-profit charitable trust, offering support to victims, some as young as 11, who are affected by the crime.

This follows fast on the heels of the introduction of a new measure in the criminal justice and courts bill where perpetrators of revenge porn will face prison sentences of up to two years for the distribution of private sexual images of someone without their consent and with the intent to cause distress.

Launching the helpline, which also has a website, the equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, said:

This helpline order adipex from mexico will provide essential free legal advice on how to have pictures removed from the internet. Circulating intimate photos of someone without their consent is never acceptable, and we need to educate people to the dangers of sending intimate images, and to the hurt that sharing them causes.

She also said:

I want to ensure that anyone who finds that they have had images of themselves shared without their consent has the support and advice that they need. This helpline will provide essential free legal advice on how to have pictures removed from the internet.

Although there is some doubt to the likely effectiveness of enforcing removal of pictures on websites hosted in overseas jurisdictions.

She went on to say:

Circulating intimate photos of someone without their consent is never acceptable, and we need to educate people to the dangers of sending intimate images, and to the hurt that sharing them causes.

The organisation will work with with other services, such as Women’s Aid, the Stalking Helpline and Relate.

This is a welcome move for victims of revenge porn. Aside from content being uploaded to Facebook and other social media sites, hundreds of sites exist on the Internet specialising in hosting and encouraging upload of revenge porn related material. Incidents of reported crime are also on the increase, although so far, most perpetrators have not been jailed using the older less effective laws. We have yet to see whether the new measures will have teeth to stop this crime.

The website can be found at http://www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk/ and the helpline offers telephone support between the hours of 10:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday on 0845 6000 459

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