Huge rise in revenge porn crime according to Parliament Street research

Leading UK think tank unveils disturbing research revealing hundreds of incidents of revenge porn crime, with the youngest victim aged only 12

by the commentator on 12 October 2015 14:20

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Police have recorded nearly 200 cases of revenge porn incidents in the past six months, according to new research released by the Parliament Street think tank.

A team of researchers from the think tank collated information under the Freedom of Information Act, disclosing for the first time the number of revenge porn cases being reported since a new law was passed following a spate of cases in which vengeful former lovers shared intimate images online.

Since April the information revealed there have been 175 victims which have told police that private photographs have been shared without their consent, crime statistics from 18 police forces in England and Wales show.

Nick Viney, EMEA VP at Intel Security said: “The findings revealed in Parliament Street’s report are very upsetting and sadly, just the tip of the iceberg. Recent research from Intel Security found that over half of Brits (55%) have intimate content stored on their phones, and 96% say they trust their partners not to post this explicit content online. Yet, the reality is that ex-partners are doing this much too often.

With many of these incidents taking place over social media apps, the importance of parents having open, ongoing conversations to ensure they keep abreast of the latest social networks, online trends and security measures is key. Nearly two-fifths (37%) of children admit to using Snapchat every day and almost 1 in 10 (9%) of parents admit to having set up a Snapchat account for their child – worrying statistics for parents who haven’t taken security precautions into account.

Parents should be fully armed with not only the right safety technologies, but also the knowledge needed to provide parental guidance both on and offline. It’s also imperative that if parents are setting up online profiles for their children, they feel empowered to be able to set the right security and privacy settings for their family across all devices.” 

Steven George-Hilley from Parliament Street told The Guardian: “Revenge porn is a horrific crime which regularly leads to victims contemplating suicide. It is vital that the police and the government do more to support victims who come forward and ensure longer prison terms for the perpetrators.”

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, said: “Revenge pornography is a particularly distressing crime for the victim which is often, but not always, brought about by the vengeful actions of former partners. It is a violation of trust between two people and its purpose is to publicly humiliate.”

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