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Revenge porn legislation a step closer as Government considers criminal, civil penalties

20 May 2017 12:47 AM
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People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys-general.

There is significant concern the phenomenon referred to as revenge porn is growing, as the use of social media and messaging apps becomes more and more prevalent.

The Federal Government has today called for public submissions on developing civil penalties, such as fines and injunctions, to better target both the perpetrators who share such images and the websites that host them.

Public consultation on the measures is open until the end of July, and the Government hopes to introduce new legislation by the end of the year.

The Government's discussion paper cites research by RMIT and La Trobe University which found that of 3,000 people surveyed between the ages of 18 and 54, one in 10 had reported a nude or semi-nude photo of themselves had been shared without their permission.

Yesterday, a meeting of the nation's most senior legal and crime officials in Melbourne released a national statement of principles relating to the criminalisation of revenge porn.

"We have listened to victims and law enforcement agencies, and it is clear that in the first instance what victims want is for these images to be taken down as quickly as possible," the Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, said in a statement.

"By also penalising perpetrators and the sites which host this content, we are sending a strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said it was important for a "strong and consistent" approach across the country.

Source: abc.net.au

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