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What the Police might do
If a partner or an ex-partner has shared, or threatened to share pictures or videos of you, offences such as public indecency, breach of the peace, harassment, stalking, threatening behaviour and other offences under sexual offences legislation or the Communications Act 2003 may be used to secure a prosecution.
Speak to the police and find out how they can help. There have been recent cases where the perpetrators have been prosecuted under legislation relating to threatening behaviour.
This is a new form of abuse, and as such the law, police and prosecution response to this is still catching up and being developed. However, if you have been made to feel scared, frightened or humiliated, the law can help.
If you are based in England and Wales, there is now a new, specific offence on Revenge Porn that can carry a sentence of up to two years.
If you are based in Scotland, there are tools that the Police and COPFS can use, but there is as yet, no specific offence.
What you can do
If you don’t feel able to speak to the Police, or the Police are unable to help, there are some things you can do.
Although user agreements on many sites make it difficult to force the hosting site to remove the pictures, you may be able to invoke copyright legislation.
The Ban Revenge Porn site, launched by Heather Robertson after her friend was a victim of revenge porn, has useful information:
The Information Ccommissioners Officer has this advice
“Write or email the social network (for example, the website) that holds the information about you and ask them to remove it. Keep a copy of your correspondence and a note of the date you sent it. If the information is not removed, you should ask the website owners to explain why and what they are able to do to help you get the information removed or amended. If the website is based in the UK you can report your concerns to us, http://ico.org.uk/concerns after you have received your explanation.
The Right to be Forgotten
Google and Bing now forms you can fill in to ask for content relating to searches about you to be removed.
If you’ve witnessed victimisation online
Facebook, and other social networking sites that may host these images, have no legal culpability due to user agreements. However, all sites should have a function whereby you can report the page to the site administrators.