New CPS Guidance does not use ‘revenge porn’ following GEM Centre recommendation

cps-social_media_consultationThe Crown Prosecution Service has issued new guidelines on prosecuting cases involving social media which no longer use the term ‘revenge porn’, following the recommendation made during the consultation by the Centre for Gender Equal Media. The GEM Centre argued that the term ‘revenge pornography’ refers only to one, albeit pernicious, form of abuse and it also unduly focuses on the perceived actions of the victim (producing ‘porn’), rather than on the perpetrator who shared images without consent.

This consultation response is based on the research by Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley which has developed the concept of image-based sexual abuse: a term that better describes the nature and harm of these forms of abuse, including what is known as ‘revenge porn’.

The response to the consultation from the Centre for Gender Equal Media is available here:

http://genderequalmedia.org.uk/blog/gem-response-to-cps-guidance-on-social-cps-social_media_consultationmedia-cases