Children victim of revenge porn

14:11 Oct 1 2014 London, UK

Children as young as 11 have been victims of ‘revenge porn’, new figures have revealed.

School pupils are having their lives ruined by classmates posting explicit images – either obtained consensually or stolen – online without permission to humiliate them.

Adults have also been blackmailed into having sex with their tormentors after being threatened with having supposedly private images of them naked placed on the internet.

Demands for tough new laws to crack down on the humiliating practice have increased after celebrities, including pop star Rihanna and movie actress Jennifer Lawrence, fell victim to the cruel craze.

Figures uncovered using freedom of information laws revealed 149 cases of revenge porn in the last three years – although campaigners said this was the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

Of the eight police forces who responded, the number of incidents had risen from 35 in 2012 to 58 a year later. In the first six months of 2014, there were 56 cases reported – meaning the total is expected to double by the end of the year.

Worryingly, only six incidents resulted in a police caution or charge – meaning the culprits in many cases have escaped scot-free.
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