More than 200 people have been prosecuted under a new revenge porn law, a Crown Prosecution Service report on crimes against women shows.
The CPS says improvements are due to extra resources and better training.
It became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject’s consent in England and Wales in April 2015.
So-called revenge porn often involves an ex-partner uploading sexual images of the victim to cause the victim humiliation or embarrassment.
Social media was also identified as a “growing trend” connected to offences including revenge porn, and in cases of coercive control the CPS found defendants monitored phone messages and emails and used GPS tracking.
Data for England and Wales also show rape, domestic abuse and sex offences account for almost a fifth of the total CPS workload, with prosecutions and convictions at record levels.
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If You Have Been Affected
If you have become a victim of Revenge Porn, it is important you contact the Police to report this crime.
It is also important to screen shot the revenge porn as evidence. You can then ask the site which it is hosted on to take the material down. This should be easier on social media sites than dedicated revenge porn websites.
The Revenge Porn Helpline can offer with free, confidential advice and support on this crime.
Contact them on 0845 6000 459. Their helpline is open from 10.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Emails can be sent at any time of the day to email@example.com.
For more information on Revenge Porn, visit the Get Safe Online website.
More information on Violence Against Women & Girls in Warwickshire can be found here.