Pornographic rape is criminalised and 'revenge porn' becomes an offence

Section 37 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 amends the offence of possession of extreme pornographic images in section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 so that, in England and Wales, the offence can be committed by the possession of pornographic images depicting non-consensual penetration and rape.

Sections 33 to 35 of the Act introduce the offence of 'disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress'. For the offence to be committed, the images disclosed must either be disclosed without the consent of the individual photographed, or with the intention of causing that individual distress. In the first year after the offence was introduced, 206 prosecutions for the offence were commenced. A specific Revenge Porn Helpline, funded by the Government, was set up in 2015 and has since received more than 6,000 calls.

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