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Revenge porn

Revenge porn is the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person.  It is done without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress.

It can happen both online and offline, and by sharing images electronically or in a traditional way.  So it includes the uploading of images on the internet, sharing by text and e-mail, or showing someone a physical or electronic image.

Often images are used to get revenge on a partner after a break-up.  It can have devastating consequences for victims and have a severe impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

Revenge Porn was made a specific offence in England and Wales in 2015.  Those convicted can face a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison. 

Report it

If you are a victim of revenge porn:

  • Keep any evidence: take screenshots of posts or messages as evidence is essential in bringing an offender to justice.
  • Don’t retaliate or engage with the offender.
  • Report it to us by calling 101 or report it online.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to report it.  We will not judge you and will handle your case sensitively.
  • Report it to the website the pictures have been uploaded to.

More help and support

Revenge Porn Helpline
www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk

Be aware b4 your share
Resources, posters etc available here
www.gov.uk/government/publications/revenge-porn-be-aware-b4-you-share 

11 Dec 18 10:47 AM

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