Scotland: To tackle revenge porn

This crime is a form of insidious abuse designed to inflict humiliation and suffering on its victims who are predominately women.  

Under the proposals, judges will be required to give juries specific directions when dealing with sexual offence cases.

 The directions are designed to improve juries’ understanding of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

A new statutory domestic abuse aggravator will also be introduced to ensure courts take domestic abuse into account when sentencing an offender.

Earlier this year, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland called for jail sentences of up to five years for those who maliciously share intimate images or videos of former partners on the internet.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Mulholland said: “I welcome the publication of this bill, particularly the measures to deal with the sharing of intimate images without consent. This crime is a form of insidious abuse designed to inflict humiliation and suffering on its victims who are predominately women.

 

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