Fears Raised Over The Rapid Increase In Cases Of Revenge Porn

A record increase in the number of reports of revenge porn in the UK this year has prompted fears of a post-lockdown "new normal".

Revenge porn 'new normal' after cases surge in lockdown
A woman on her phone/ Picture credit: BBC

A record increase in the number of reports of revenge porn in the UK this year has prompted fears of a post-lockdown “new normal”.

Campaigners have suggested that the problem has been worsened by the coronavirus lockdown. According to figures, so far the UK`s revenge porn helpline has dealt with more cases than it did the whole of last year.

Five years ago, authorities in England and Wales declared that revenge porn was illegal as the number of cases had begun to rise.

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As of Monday, around 2,050 reports had been made to the government-funded helpline, an increase of 22% from the preceding year. Despite the easing out of coronavirus restrictions, cases have remained high and those that run the service have raised fears that this could become “the new normal”.

David Wright, director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said: “The lockdown produced an extreme set of circumstances which are bringing a lot of problems.

“What we are seeing here, however, suggests something more long-term has happened which could mean we will be busier than ever before. It’s worrying to think this could be the new normal.”

About one in seven women have been threatened that inmate photos will be released without their consent, recent research by domestic violence charity Refuge found. Most of the cases reported to the helpline involve women.

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A victim of revenge who created the website Victims of Internet Crime: Speak Out!, Folami Prehaye said: “There is no wonder that there has been an increase of cases during the lockdown as more and more people have been forced to build relationships online.

“The problem has always been there, it’s just that lockdown made it more apparent, and an easier place for predatory sexual exploitation.”

Victims of revenge porn should speak out and contact organisations which can help them otherwise revenge porn will become “the new normal”.

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