Harder Punishments for Revenge Porn are Coming

By Gary Cutlack on at

People convicted of posting revenge porn in England and Wales will soon face tougher sentences, with judges told to take into account how much effort the uploader put into damaging and embarrassing the victim.

The key change sees judges asked to consider such miserable practises as sending photos to the victim's family or tagging them on social media through fake or imitation accounts, with this extra level of malice and planning signalling that they're unusually bad pieces of work and ought to attract something nearer the maximum sentence level of two years.

The proposed changes are being put out to a consultation by the Sentencing Council, with member Justice McGowan saying: "These offences can be particularly sensitive and distressing, leading to very significant harm to victims. The new guidelines we are proposing will help ensure sentences reflect the seriousness of these offences and take into account the increases in sentence levels for stalking and harassment introduced by Parliament." [ITV News]