North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan is calling for an urgent change to the law to give revenge porn victims the right to anonymity.
At the moment, there is no protection in law for the identity of those who are victims of image based sexual abuse, commonly known as revenge porn.
This means that anyone can name them – across newspapers, social media and the web. On top of the crime itself, this causes ongoing suffering and distress.
Currently the law classes the crime as a ‘communications’ offence. We want the law to reclassify it as a ‘sexual’ offence which affords the victim particular rights over their identity.