Published On: Mon, Feb 9th, 2015 on 1:18 pm

Revenge porn helpline launched to support victims ahead of Safer Internet Day

The government has launched a helpline to support victims of ‘revenge porn’ ahead of Safer Internet Day taking place tomorrow.

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The helpline, run by the South West Grid for Learning Trust, will provide callers with information on free legal help available and their right to have the images removed from websites.

It will also liaise with law enforcement and media companies to remove content where possible, and will also point individuals to additional support services, such as Women’s Aid, Stalking helpline or Relate if needed.

“We have changed the law”

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Victims told us they wanted more to be done to tackle revenge porn – and we listened.

“We have changed the law to make it clear that people who maliciously distribute intimate pictures of their former partners without their consent face a prison sentence.

“It is crucial that victims have the confidence to report this kind of disgusting behaviour and the new offence will make sure perpetrators are properly punished.”

Two years in prison

The government will be introducing a specific offence of revenge pornography, covering the distribution of a private sexual image of someone without consent and with the intent to cause distress.

Those convicted will face a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

More information on the helpline can be found at www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk.

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