GEM Proposals to Strengthen Law on ‘Revenge Porn’ to be Debated in Parliament

GEM Anonymity Campaign BriefingFollowing the launch of our campaign to amend the law on Image Based Sexual Abuse (so-called ‘Revenge Porn’) we have been working with the Liberal Democrats and  Women’s Equality Party on amendments to the Government’s Policing and Crime Bill.

We are pleased that our proposed amendments have been supported by the Women’s Equality Party and taken forward by the Liberal Democrats who have proposed amendments based on our campaign. The amendments will ensure:

  • Anonymity for all revenge porn complainants
  • Expansion of the current law to include disclosure of private sexual images where the perpetrator is ‘reckless’ as to whether it will cause the victim distress
  • Clarification of meaning of ‘sexual’ to include “pornographic photoshopped” images

Clare McGlynn, Durham University Law Professor and co-founder of GEM said:

“I urge the Government to embrace this opportunity to clarify and expand the current law to better protect victims of image-based sexual abuse. It is vital the law focuses the significant harms image-based sexual abuse causes victims, rather than the motives of perpetrators, in order to effect cultural change”. 

The amendments, proposed by Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael will be debated by MPs on 13 June 2016.

We are also calling for increased funding to support specialist services working with victim-survivors. You can read more about GEM’s four asks to strengthen the law, secure justice and support victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse here.

GEM (The Centre for Gender Equal Media) (GEM) is a newly established think-tank generating evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media based at Durham University. For press or media enquires please contact Professor Clare McGlynn


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