MP's Bill to criminalise distribution of private sexually explicit photos without consent

Next Wednesday Geraint Davies Labour MP for Swansea West is presenting his Bill in Parliament to criminalise the distribution of sexually explicit photographs and videos without the consent of those pictured.

 

Geraint Davies MP said "At the moment people are free to distribute sexually explicit pictures and videos of people without their consent by text or on the Internet.

"It's an awful practice causing great distress to thousands of people and will become a criminal offence if my Bill is agreed in Parliament.

“It’s not just celebs like Jennifer Lawrence or Rihanna who’ve had their naked pictures leaked without their consent. This happens to thousands of ordinary women every year.

“It sometimes consists of pictures or videos sent in confidence being posted on porn sites by an ex-partner. This is a form of sexual abuse sometimes taken in revenge after the break up of a relationship. It's wrong and causes great pain and humiliation so should be made illegal. That's why I'm pressing the Government to support my Bill.

“It’s an awful breach of trust, leaving victims feeling betrayed, anxious and sometimes severely depressed.

“But amazingly, this extreme breach of privacy isn’t a crime. And the men who harass and humiliate women with these pictures are getting away with it scot-free.

“That’s why I’ve proposed a Bill in Parliament to make it a crime to distribute intimate pictures of someone without their consent. I hope every MP will back this new law and the protection it will give to victims.

“There’s been lots of media focus on the celebrity iCloud breach and my Bill would protect both the rich and famous and, most importantly, ordinary women up and down the country who suffer in silence without protection. 

"Once explicit images are posted on line they become a permanent breach of personal privacy and the Government has a duty to protect victims from a lifetime of abuse. I hope they will join me now in standing up for ordinary people and not turn a blind eye to this growing problem".


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