Prison warning over revenge porn – Scotland

 

The new warning posters from the Scottish Government.

HARD-hitting posters are being used to warn that anyone guilty of revenge porn is facing up to five years in jail.

New legislation comes into force in April in a bid to stop people who share or threaten to share intimate images without consent.

The Scottish Government’s warning campaign involves posters showing images of a naked man and woman suitably covered with yellow “Police Crime Scene” tape.

Earlier this year it was reported that police in the region were seeing an increase in this controlling form of abuse, while Inverness-based lawyers say they are being contacted more regularly by victims of this manipulative behaviour, which generally refers to the uploading online of sexually explicit material to humiliate and intimidate the victim, usually an ex-partner.

As of April revenge porn becomes a crime in Scotland under the new Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Act.

There have been several celebrity cases where female stars have claimed they have been victims of this blackmail-style posting of sensitive images.

Police urge people to be careful when sharing images and to report any abuse.

Jenna Thomson, a family law solicitor for Macleod and MacCallum, said: “As a solicitor specialising in family law, I often advise clients who are, or have been, the victim of domestic abuse.

“This abuse can come in many forms, and in recent years, so called ‘revenge porn’ has been another method of abuse used to harass and exert coercive control. I welcome the introduction of the new Act and hope that it is effective in putting a stop to this particularly cruel form of abuse.”

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Disclosing private images can be extremely cruel and degrading, and can cause fear and alarm.

“Sharing, or threatening to share, such images can also be used in a highly abusive and manipulative way to seek to control a partner or ex-partner.