14th September 2016

A recent Crown Prosecution Service report stated in the year 2015/2016 (ending in March) 206 people were prosecuted for disclosing private sexual images without consent.  As detailed in our previous blogs it became a criminal offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject’s consent in England and Wales in April 2015.

So called revenge porn often involves an ex-partner placing sexual images of the victim on social media or elsewhere on the web to cause the victim humiliation or embarrassment.  For the offence to be committed however it is not necessary for the intimate photograph or film to be necessarily uploaded to the web.  It is an offence for a hard copy of a photograph to be disclosed and also for a photograph to be simply shown to another person e.g. on a mobile phone.  It is also an offence to threaten to disclose such images intending to cause the victim fear, alarm or distress.

It may be possible to claim for compensation for the distress caused by the disclosure of such images.  If you have been the victim of such an offence and wish to discuss a compensation claim please contact Richard Hardy at richardhardy@benhoarebell.co.uk


Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner