Durham police chief backs new ‘revenge porn’ laws

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A POLICE and Crime Commissioner has backed discussion on new legislation relating to so called ‘revenge porn’.

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner is backing the views of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Mr Grayling has said that the Government is ‘very open’ to having a ‘serious discussion’ about the issue.

‘Revenge porn’, also known as ‘non-consensual porn’, is the growing trend of people posting sexually explicit content of their ex-partners without their permission.

Mr Grayling told the House of Commons “It’s clearly becoming a bigger problem in our society.”

Mr Hogg said: “Revenge porn is a particularly harmful form of public abuse that cannot be tolerated in our society.

“While serious discussion is to be welcomed, what victims desperately need is decisive action.”

While there are some laws loosely linked to this, there isn’t a clear route to justice for the victims.

There are only laws preventing “malicious communications”, which usually involves written abuse not pictures, and harassment laws which usually require a number of offences.

Mr Hogg added: “The fact that this appalling activity continues to be on the rise would suggest that current legislation isn’t causing perpetrators to think twice about their victims.

“Nor is it providing adequate protection or support for victims.”

Concern has been growing about revenge porn, which campaigners say can lead to victims self-harming or even killing themselves.

The problem rarely ends with a picture or video being taken down, as they are quickly circulated and reproduced on other sites.

The Ministry of Justice is expected to now look at how existing sexual offences laws could be amended to outlaw the distribution of sexual images without the person’s consent.