Lib Dems Table Revenge Porn Amendment

Baroness Grender
Baroness Grender
Lord Marks
Lord Marks

Lib Dems in the House of Lords have today tabled an amendment making ‘revenge porn’ a criminal offense. Lord Marks & Baroness Grender have put forward a proposal that new clauses be added to the Criminal Justice & Courts Bill.

The proposal follows a hard fought campaign by Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert who has worked hard to highlight the issue in the commons.

Yesterday, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP’s commented on the revenge porn in Justice Questions in the House of Commons.

Julian Huppert says: “I do not often call for new criminal sanctions—it is not my natural style. In this case, however, I think we need to make a criminal sanction available when people share indecent images in the knowledge that consent would not have been given.”

Lord Marks added: “Julian Huppert has been leading on this vital issue and we are more than happy to support his campaign by bringing forward an amendment to the Criminal Justice & Courts Bill. We hope to work closely with Ministers within the Ministry of Justice to ensure that this offence reaches the statute book.”

The amendment seeks to ensure that images of an identifiable person, which are of an intimate or pornographic nature, published online without consent are viewed as criminal acts. An offence will only be committed where at the time of the images being taken the person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private. The offence will carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

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