‘Revenge Porn’ law shows its teeth

Over 200 people have been prosecuted since the “revenge porn law” came into force in England and Wales last year, a new Crown Prosecution Service report reveals.

Revenge porn refers to people posting sexually explicit media of their former partners online – videos or photographs – without the consent of the pictured individual.

When the images are legally obtained from a partner, they are usually put up online to humiliate their partners after a breakup. Although there was consent for the image to be taken at the time, that shouldn’t allow people to show the whole world. For bi and gay people there may also be an aspect of outing them about their sexual orientation to people close to them, increasing risk of rejection by family and partners or of biphobic or homophobic assaults.

The law, including anonymity provisions for those who have been victims, was legislated under the last government but as with many laws took time to come into effect.