Revenge Porn – We Need Stronger Laws

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Revenge Porn – We Need Stronger Laws

Every so often we hear in the news of the humiliation of someone who’s had intimate or naked pictures of themselves posted online or sent to friends and relatives. The victim is often young and usually female, the perpetrator a jilted or dis-enchanted ex-boyfriend. And revenge porn could happen to you.

Take the case of Christopher Todd, 22, and Hannah Davison, 21, of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear. Ms Davison caught him in bed with another girl and, as you might expect,  broke off their relationship. Following the break up Todd pursued his ex-girlfriend, bombarding her with calls and txts. Falling on deaf ears, his campaign turned to Ms Davison’s mother where he sent her messages and, following no response, finally sent her an intimate picture of her daughter claiming she was sleeping around and spreading sexually transmitted diseases. Ms Davison’s father was the first to see the image and called the police. Consequently, Todd pleaded guilty to sending a communication of an indecent and offensive nature and was given an eight week suspended sentence.

In this incident, the image was contained within the two mobiles. However, in countless cases, we have seen images posted online, on social media sites and dating sites. Once on the Internet, these pictures can spread buy generic adipex online exceptionally quickly with a virtual impossibility of their presence being completely removed. Take Thomas Samuel, 45. Following a bitter split with his girlfriend, he posted explicit pictures of her firstly on Facebook, which they removed within hours, and then afterwards on various pornographic sites. The images have reportedly been viewed over 50,000 times. Samuel admitted sending a communication conveying indecent images yet only received a six months jail sentence, suspended for two years.

The law doesn’t provide much comfort, as can be seen from these perpetrators’ suspended sentences. This is no real deterrent. Even catching the culprit can be difficult, leaving little redress for the victim.

A House of Lords committee is looking at the laws that can be used to prosecute abusers, and is expected to report soon. Prevention is better than cure however. Undoubtedly Todd was emotionally fueled to do what he did, taking no due regard for the consequences of his actions, the stress he would cause his victim and her parents and the laws that can be applied to such a case. Although if the pictures had not been taken in the first place, then there would have been no opportunity for such images to surface publicly when things turn sour.

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