Revenge porn laws ‘not fit for purpose’ says UK crime commissioner

 

VICTIMS of revenge porn are suffering in silence in the UK, new research has claimed.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan commissioned an anonymous survey of 92 victims who were asked about their experiences.

Only four per cent successfully prosecuted their offender, 76 per cent did not report their crime to the police. Sixty-five per cent of those who responded said they did not tell anyone as they felt embarrassed or ashamed, and 90 per cent said they would have reported it to the police if they were assured of anonymity.

Mrs Mulligan said the report showed “stark and irrefutable” evidence that “the government, police and criminal justice system are collectively failing victims of revenge porn”.

She said: “With just four per cent of victims who responded to our survey achieving a successful prosecution, there is no question in my mind – the law is not fit for purpose.

“The lack of anonymity is key to victims concerns and are actively stopping them coming forward to report their crimes. At each stage of the process victims are less and less likely to proceed, in large part because they are more and more likely to be named, which brings with it stigma and shame.”

The full report is available at nomorenaming.com/report

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