Figures released last month from 31 police forces after an FOI request by the BBC revealed that most offences of revenge porn do not result in a criminal charge. Revenge porn – or disclosing private sexual photographs and films without the consent of the individual and with intent to cause distress – became a criminal offence in England and Wales in April 2015.
I wish the ‘Guardian’ would make up its mind – is it on the side of poor disadvantaged crims, or does it want to ensure there are more and more crims every year?
The mother of a 15-year-old victim of revenge porn has criticised police for letting the perpetrator off with a caution despite evidence he targeted five women over several months.
Police ‘let people off with a caution’ quite a lot of the time. Even for theft and assault. Why should this be any different?
Insp Rachel Barrow of Sussex police defended the decision to caution the suspect: “We made the decision to caution the suspect, based on appropriateness in relation to the offender, the offence and the likelihood of being effective in preventing reoffending. In this case, the suspect spent some time in police custody.
“This decision fits the national framework for out-of-court disposals, and simple cautions are available for adults for any offence, including some serious offences. We have contacted the website to request the images be removed.”
Here’s where the SJW desire to have an ever-increasing list of infractions rubs up against the basic fact of finite space inside our courts and prison system.
So maybe expectations of immediate crushing State action should have been tempered at the outset?
One father summed up the fears of many: “My daughter has been a victim of naked pictures being posted online and although we reported it to the police their attitude has been complacent and unsupportive and indeed caused her more distress. The ‘nothing we can do, you shouldn’t have taken the pictures in the first place’ comments … have had a devastating effect on her,” he said.
“The pictures look like they were stolen. My problem is this: how do I help console her, what advice can I give her? My original advice to go the police has massively backfired and made the problem ten times worse.”
No, the police are – for once! – being straight up with you. It does indeed take two to tango, and if you’re daft enough to to take nude pics, you must accept some of the blame if they escape from your control.
Higgins was one of the first to notice the emerging crime, after setting up a professional helpline for teachers and social workers in south-west England five years ago.
“We had a school contact us about one of their teachers, pictures of her had gone viral and the kids were sharing them,” said Higgins. “The school had suspended her, which we felt was a bit harsh. We asked them to get her to call us … she was distraught, absolutely in shock. She said she hadn’t been able to bring herself to look. She asked us: ‘Is it bad? How much is out there?’
“There came a point when we realised that this was a real issue. There were so many victims but they did not know they were victims. They thought they were the only one.”
If a tree falls in the forest and no-one hears it, does it make a sound? Similarly, if you don’t know you’re a ‘victim’ – maybe you aren’t one?
Unless, of course, it’s in someone’s (financial) interest that you be one….