‘Revenge porn’ dangers highlighted in new campaign

by Niall Christie

The dangers of ‘revenge porn’ are being highlighted as part of a new public information campaign.

The push will warn of the harsh penalties that people will face for sharing an intimate image or video of someone without their permission.

The punishment for these sorts of crimes is up to five years in prison after the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Act was passed last year.

Michael Matheson, Justice Secretary, 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.

“We have developed this campaign together with key agencies including Scottish Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, ASSIST, Police Scotland and the Crown Office to ensure it reflects what we know is happening across Scotland and beyond.”

The new laws will come into effect in the coming months, with a date yet to be confirmed.

This campaign will run ahead of this, to give people a prior knowledge of the dangers.

Sandy Brindley, national coordinator of Rape Crisis Scotland, said: “Rape Crisis Scotland welcomes these new provisions under the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Act and the recognition they signify of the seriousness of non-consensual sharing of images as well as the links between this and other forms of sexual violence.”

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