House of Lords Proposes Prison Sentences for 'Revenge Porn'

18:31 Jul 20 2014 London, UK

The House of Lords will debate a change to the law in the UK which could make it a criminal offence to publish sexually explicit or pornographic images of individuals without their consent.

Liberal Democrat peers Baroness Olly Grender and Lord Jonathan Marks tabled an amendment to the Criminals Justice and Courts Bill that will introduce one-year prison sentences for people who post explicit images online without the subject's consent.

Revenge porn could also be added to the Sexual Offences Act, which means perpetrators would be placed on the sex offenders' register.

The peers said people charged under the proposed amendment must have believed that the image was intended to remain private at the time it was taken.
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