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What makes revenge porn such a sinister crime? by @EvaWiseman

It is a year since revenge porn became a crime. Last week a father was arrested after posting pictures of women online (including one who was pregnant, and doctored photos of a 15-year-old girl), commenting underneath one that he would “pay £100 to rape her”. Despite Women’s Aid’s research revealing that, for a third of women surveyed, threats made online were later carried out in real life, he was let off with a caution. Which leads one to ask, if one is the curious type, if the law is working.

While only around 9% of online hate crimes are investigated nationwide, a Freedom of Information Act request by the BBC showed there had been 1,160 reported incidents of revenge porn in the first year of the new law coming into effect, including three involving children. Of these, 11% resulted in a charge.

The law was imposed in order to recognise the impact revenge porn has on its victims, positioning it as an example of domestic violence, and as a crime that is gendered – 90% of victims are women. But as we see the problems with fighting revenge porn (a name that feels less satisfactory the more I write it, a drop-down option for a Wednesday night alone rather than a life ruiner, a crime) it’s worth stepping away from the legalities, and returning to the women. It’s worth, I think, exploring just why revenge porn is such a sinister crime. ....

 

This article by Eva Wiseman was first published by the Guardian on 15.4.2016. You can find the full article here.

 

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