Five More Internet Users Charged With Naming Rape Victim

By Gary Cutlack on at

The crackdown on offhand comments and random vigilante action on Twitter is gaining momentum, with authorities charging a further five people with offences after they posted the name of the woman raped by footballer Ched Evans.

The additional prosecutions were deemed necessary due to the five posting material that could've led to the victim being identified, which is a crime according to the 1992 amendment of the Sexual Offences Act.

The five, who posted information about the victim on Facebook and Twitter, are due in court on November 5th, with North Wales Police continuing to trawl social networks for details of anyone else who may have retweeted or posted something about the victim of the crime.

Footballer Evans was himself jailed for five years for rape earlier this year, with the case causing unusually high levels of grief on social networks due to comments from one of Evans' team mates in which he criticised the woman's part in the case. [Guardian]

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