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Revenge porn laws should cover other offences and violence against women

19:10 Apr 23 2015 London, UK

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Technology companies should also shoulder greater responsibility in clamping down on those who spread revenge porn, described as sexually or explicitly images shared without the consent of the victim.

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The new law was enacted on April 13, after months of campaigning from revenge porn victims, making the cruel practice illegal and offering sentences of up to two years in jail for perpetrators.

But at the UK's first seminar on revenge porn today, held in Westminster in central London, victims, activists and legal experts said the legislation needed to be extended to cover other forms of sexual offending.

And campaigners have warned a failure to tackle the issue could lead to revenge porn becoming as prevalent in society as other forms of abuse against women.

Clare McGlynn, professor in law at Durham University said: "This is a very welcome law, but it is limited because it just responded to an ad-hoc example of a broader phenomenon of non-consensual pornography.

"It doesn't cover generally what's called 'upskirting', taking pictures up women's skirts in public places and then distributing them without their consent. The current law does not cover that and it is problematic."
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