​revenge porn is now a criminal offence in england and wales

Revenge porn – the sharing of private and intimate images and videos on and off the web by sore dumpees – has finally been made illegal in England and Wales.

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12 February 2015, 1:00pm

Under a new amendment to The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (which will receive Royal Assent and become law later according to BBC News UK), the blot on humanity that is revenge porn, is now illegal in England and Wales. With 149 allegations of revenge porn made between 1st January 2012 and 1st July last year - the vast majority of those women, made victims by bitter and misogynistic dumpees - let alone 2014's The Fappening, it's about time something was actually done about punishing the perpetrators.

Previously the victims of revenge porn have found it difficult to get their private and intimate images removed from the world wide web (world wide being a key part), as many of the sites posting the images were based outside the UK and their requests were ignored. Without consideration of the detrimental impact the "porn" would have on its subject, the victims' most viable hope was to clutch at the straw of copyright law - selfies are after all, the property of the taker.

However, in a sure step forwards for feminism, offenders now face up to two years in jail for sharing what the new law classes, "photographs or films which show people engaged in sexual activity or depicted in a sexual way or with their genitals exposed, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public." This means no texting nude photos of your ex without her/his consent, no sharing of sexually explicit videos on Facebook or Twitter against the subjects will and no more leaked celeb pics - unless you want to be hit with a virtual rape charge and jail time. Scotland and Northern Ireland are both considering similar laws.

Read our think piece on Revenge Porn: The Real Enemy of Men.

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