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Revenge porn offences will be pursued

According to recent reports, in the six months prior to April 2015, 14 police forces dealt with 139 cases of revenge porn, compared with 149 incidents recorded by eight police forces between January 2012 and June 2014, writes Caroline Dunne

6 August 2015

Specific legislation was introduced to deal with these offences on 13 April 2015 by the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (CJCA 2015). Section 33(1) CJCA 2015 makes it an offence
to disclose a private sexual photograph or film if the disclosure is made (a) without the consent of an individual who appears in the photograph or film, and (b) with the intention of causing that individual distress. It would not be an offence to disclose the photograph or film to the individual referred to in (a) and (b).

There are a number of defences within the legislation, including that a person is not to be taken to have disclosed a photograph or film with the intention of causing distress merely because that was a natural and probable consequence of the disclosure (section 33(8)). A person discloses to another if, by any means, he or she gives or shows it to the person or makes it available to the person.

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