What can you do if you’re affected by revenge porn?

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This week a 14-year old schoolboy became the youngest person in Britain to be convicted of revenge porn. He’d sold naked pictures of his ex-girlfriend to his friends for £10.

However, just because the police are getting tougher with the people committing revenge porn doesn’t mean it’s going to stop over night and there are still hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people across the country affected by revenge porn every day.

Though victims now have the law behind them, finding naked pictures or videos of yourself online can be a big shock and many young people are still unsure exactly what to do next. If you or one of your friends has been affected by revenge porn, here’s what you need to do to get the situation sorted as quickly as possible.

Ask for it to be removed

The first thing you’ll need to do is get in touch with the person that posted the video or image of you and ask them to take it down.

However, as most revenge porn is posted by those looking to hurt and upset their victim, it’s unlikely they’ll take it down voluntarily.

The next step is to ask the website to remove the content. If they’re based in the UK are the EU, the website has to take it down, if they don’t you can get in touch with a solicitor and force them to remove it. If the site is hosted outside the EU, getting them to remove the content can be a lot harder.

Get legal advice

If the website and the person who posted the revenge porn refuse to take it down, it’s time to get legal advice as you might have to go to court.

What exactly you do next will depend on the advice of your solicitor and the exact circumstances of your case, but you may need to get an injunction or go to a civil court to get the images removed and stop them from being published in the future.

Go to the police

In many cases, revenge porn can be a criminal offence, especially if the person in the images or video is under 18-years old, if the victim is being blackmailed or harassed or if the images were taken without the victim’s knowledge.

New laws relating to revenge porn are also due to be brought in this year, giving victims more rights and making it easier for the police to convict the people who post it.

How can you keep yourself safe?

Though the police are getting tougher on revenge porn and the new laws should see more people convicted for it, the easiest way to ensure you never become a victim is not to take, or let anyone else take, the videos or photos in the first place.

Even if you’re in a happy and loving relationship at the time, you never know how someone will react if you break up, and if they have photos and images of you, you cannot control how they use them.

To find out more about staying safe online and what you can do if you’re the victim of revenge porn, get in touch with the Rose Project confidentially on 0808 800 1037 or check out the rest of our website.

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