Tuesday, December 1, 2020


‘Revenge porn new normal’ after cases surge in lockdown

There has been a surge in reports of so-called revenge porn this year, with campaigners saying the proble..

By admin , in Tech , at September 20, 2020

There has been a surge in reports of so-called revenge porn this year, with campaigners saying the problem has been exacerbated by lockdown.[contfnewc]
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Around 2,050 reports were made to a government-funded helpline, a 22% rise from last year.[contfnewc]
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As cases have remained high despite coronavirus restrictions easing, those that run the service fear this is “the new normal”.[contfnewc]
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Sharing pornography without consent is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.[contfnewc]

Recent research by domestic violence charity Refuge found that one in seven young women has received threats that intimate photos will be shared without their consent.[contfnewc]
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There have been more cases of non-consensual pornography reported to a dedicated UK helpline so far this year than in all of 2019.[contfnewc]
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Around two-thirds of cases reported to the helpline involve women.[contfnewc]
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Helpline manager Sophie Mortimer said the sustained rise is evidence of behaviour triggered by the lockdown, and greater awareness of the crime and support.[contfnewc]
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The helpline is run by the charity South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), part of the UK Safer Internet Centre.[contfnewc]
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The charity has helped remove 22,515 images this year – 94% of those reported by victims.[contfnewc]
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And cases surged in August.[contfnewc]
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‘The new normal’

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David Wright, director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said: “The lockdown produced an extreme set of circumstances which are bringing a lot of problems.[contfnewc]
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“What we are seeing here, however, suggests something more long-term has happened which could mean we will be busier than ever before. It’s worrying to think this could be the new normal.”[contfnewc]
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Research by domestic violence charity Women’s Aid found that more than 60% of survivors living with their abuser reported that the abuse they experienced got worse during the pandemic.[contfnewc]
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Campaign and policy manager Lucy Hadley said: “Disclosing private sexual images – or threatening to do so – is a common form of abuse, and is particularly harming young women.”[contfnewc]
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“Image based forms of abuse – such as so-called revenge porn – must be taken just as seriously as abuse in ‘real life’,” she added.[contfnewc]
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A victim’s view

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Folami Prehaye’s former partner posted explicit pictures of her online in 2014.[contfnewc]
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He was given a six-month suspended sentence for harassment and distributing indecent images.[contfnewc]
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Miss Prehaye founded the website Victims of Internet Crime: Speak Out! to provide ongoing emotional support for victims of these kinds of offences.[contfnewc]
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She said: “There is no wonder that there has been an increase of cases during lockdown as more and more people have been forced to build relationships online.[contfnewc]
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“The problem has always been there, its just that lockdown made it more apparent, and an easier place for predatory sexual exploitation.”[contfnewc]
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Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-54149682[contfnewc]

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