GEM welcomes CPS Guidance on Social Media and Recommends Further Changes

GEM Welcomes CPS Guidance on Social Media cases and Recommends Further Changes

GEM has today submitted evidence to the consultation by the Crown Prosecution Service on its Interim Guidelines on Social Media cases.

We welcome the guidance provided to prosecutors on the broader context of violence against women which should shape prosecutorial decisions. We recommend strengthening this guidance and, in particular, ensuring that the ‘high threshold’ does not preclude prosecutions where there is evident harm to victims. While we welcome the recognition that disclosing private, sexual images without consent can result in serious harm, we recommend that the CPS do not use the terminology of ‘revenge porn’, but instead the more appropriate term image-based sexual abuse.

Read our evidence submission here: GEM Centre Durham University April 2016 CPS Social Media Response FINAL