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Revenge Porn – What is it?

Recent Court proceedings have focused attention on the subject of revenge porn wherein individuals acting in retaliation following the end of a relationship upload to social media intimate pictures or revenge pornography videos by means of retaliation, often linked to annoyance or distress at the end of a relationship.

A YouTube celebrity, Chrissy Chambers, has recently won a settlement for substantial damages against a man who had uploaded revenge pornography videos of her to the internet.

The case took some four years to conclude and shows a developing area of the law. Unfortunately, revenge porn is a growth industry with half of young people having shared intimate images because smart phones make doing so easy as a consequence of which there is a wealth of opportunities for that information/data to be misused.

Changes in criminal law have meant that prosecutions in this area are now more likely, but it would appear that there are way too many cases for prosecutors to handle.

Solicitors would like to see a change in the law to the civil law field that gives victims a much clearer legal path to allow perpetrators to pay for the distress and havoc they cause. There is also a suggestion that the website that is profiting from hosting the material posted should also be made liable for failing to monitor and check on the content posted on their website to remove information which appears to be revenge porn.

If you feel that you have suffered in respect of this matter please contact Clarkson Hirst so that we can advise further on applying to the Court for protection from harassment.

Clarkson Hirst can be contacted on 01524 39760.


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