Sunday, May 21, 2017

Revenge porn crackdown: NSW offenders could be jailed for up to three years

A man looking at a pixellated photo on his phone

People who post revenge porn images of former partners could be jailed for up to three years under laws to be introduced in New South Wales.
Perpetrators could also be fined up to $11,000 for posting the intimate images without consent.
The NSW attorney general, Mark Speakman, said the new bill would give victims the right to ensure culprits were held to account.

“This bill will empower victims and provide them with the legal right to ensure that perpetrators can no longer get away with such disgraceful behaviour,” Speakman said on Sunday.
The bill will be introduced into parliament this week but Speakman said it would not criminalise behaviour between consenting adults.
Threatening to record or distribute revenge porn will also be criminalised in NSW under the proposed legislation.
The federal government released a discussion paper seeking feedback on proposed scaled penalties for revenge porn on Saturday.
Under proposed changes, civil penalties could be handed down from the e-safety commissioner, who would be granted extra powers to investigate complaints.
RMIT University’s Dr Nicola Henry said the proposed NSW legislation could serve as an inspiration for other jurisdictions around Australia and the world.

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