Home   News   Article

MP Vara backs ‘revenge porn’ law to help victims




MP Shailesh Vara
MP Shailesh Vara

People should take greater steps to avoid becoming victims of revenge porn, North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara has said.

Justice minister Mr Vara said social media heavyweights such as Facebook and WhatsApp should also take more responsibility in removing sexual and explicit images uploaded without the subject’s permission.

Mr Vara, who helped bring changes to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill that will make revenge porn a criminal offence, said he hoped the new laws would help give victims the courage to come forward and tell police.

Police had been largely powerless to stop those responsible for spreading the private footage, although the Bill is due to get Royal Assent in the new year, meaning those convicted could get up to two years in jail.

Mr Vara said: “It is not for me to tell people what they can and cannot do.

“We live in a free country, a free society and people can do whatever they wish to do.

“But I think it is right that people should be aware that when exercising their rights of freedom in a free society that we enjoy that they are aware of possible hazards.”

Related:

More about the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill - www.gov.uk



COMMENTS
()


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More