McInnes calls on SNP Ministers to protect Scots from revenge porn


Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today called on SNP Ministers to help protect Scots from so-called ‘revenge porn’.

Ms McInnes was speaking after the House of Lords backed new UK government proposals that will see people posting private intimate images without consent face criminal sanctions in England and Wales.

Earlier this year, Scotland’s Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC called for new laws in Scotland to deal with individuals who post explicit images of others online without permission. Following the vote yesterday, Ms McInnes has written to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill calling on SNP Ministers to follow the lead that the UK Government has taken on this issue.

She has also tabled a Parliamentary Motion at Holyrood calling on the Scottish Government to bring forward legislative proposals to help tackle revenge porn.

In a letter to the Justice Secretary, Ms McInnes said:

“The House of Lords this week unanimously agreed to amend the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to make revenge pornography a criminal offence in England and Wales. I am writing to urge the Scottish Government to follow its example and introduce specific legislation to tackle these vile and damaging acts.

“The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, has expressed concerns that there is significant under-reporting of this issue. It is important that victims don’t suffer in silence and know that they have done nothing wrong. I believe that introducing specific legislation to tackle these despicable and cowardly acts will give victims confidence that such violations of their privacy are unacceptable and illegal.

“In addition to empowering more people to seek justice, creating a specific criminal offence would help overcome any archaic attitudes towards the use of revenge pornography as a cruel tool to distress, embarrass, manipulate or humiliate someone.”

Ms McInnes' Parliamentary motion calling for for new laws to protect victims of revenge porn in Scotland can be found online at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S4M-11261&ResultsPerPage=10


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