Revenge porn: ministers 'open to new laws'

Campaigners say new legislation is needed to protect victims of revenge porn

LAST UPDATED AT 13:00 ON Wed 2 Jul 2014

The government will consider changing the law to tackle the rise of 'revenge porn', the BBC reports. 

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has said that the government is "very open" to ways of dealing with the problem.

Responding to a question in the House of Commons, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said that the government "is very open to having a serious discussion about this with a view to taking appropriate action in the autumn".  

"Revenge porn" refers to sexually explicit photographs or video uploaded to websites by former partners to humiliate or blackmail the subject.

"The impacts of revenge porn can be devastating, from the impact on your everyday life of work and relationships, to the feeling of violation and abuse," said Sarah Green, of the End Violence Against Women Coalition.

The BBC reports that two Lib Dem peers, Lord Marks and Baroness Grender have submitted an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which includes a one-year jail term for offenders.

Campaigners argue that existing legislation is ineffective. They say laws relating to harassment and "malicious communication" are difficult to apply to cases of revenge porn and tough, targeted legislation is needed.

Polly Neate, chief executive of the Women's Aid charity told the BBC that the law has to protect victims from all form of psychological.

 "We urge Mr Grayling and the Home Office to go further, and ensure victims can get the support of the criminal justice system for all the abuse they experience," she said. · 

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