Revenge Porn Legislation

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3643
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given your role in relation to policing and crime in London, do you commend the new set of guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service, which states that the most serious cases of revenge pornography should be brought under Sexual Offences Act rather than obscenity laws, the former carrying a maximum sentence of 14 years?

Answer

Answer for Revenge Porn Legislation

Answer for Revenge Porn Legislation

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Ministry of Justice has just completed a consultation on the issue of 'revenge porn' to better understand the scale of this issue, levels of reporting and how it is currently being tackled to see what more needs to be done and if specific legislation is necessary.  

I commend the Crown Prosecution Service for being proactive about this issue by publishing legal guidance for prosecutors outlining how such cases can be tackled under our existing laws e.g. the Sexual Offences Act, the Protection from Harassment Act and Malicious Communications Act.