Revenge Porn Victim Who Was ‘Stalked By Media’ Launches Petition

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A woman whose ex-boyfriend was the first man to be sentenced under new ‘revenge porn’ laws has called for change to give victims the right to anonymity.

At the moment the law automatically gives all victims of sexual offences the right to have their identities protected from being revealed by the media but it does not include victims of revenge porn.

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In an interview for the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, Keeley Richards-Shaw said she was left feeling ‘ashamed and degraded’ after her ex-boyfriend sent intimate pictures he had secretly taken of her, to his new girlfriend saying she’d gone from being “stalked by him, to being stalked by the media.”

Her statement comes as the Change the Law: No More Naming of Revenge Porn Victim petition was launched online by Ms Richards-Shaw and the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan. Ms Richards-Shaw described how during the court case she had only told her very close family what she was going through, but the day before her ex-boyfriend was to be sentenced, she received a text message saying the press were planning to cover the story.

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She told the BBC:

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It just went from bad to worse. My picture, my name, my job, they’d gone on my Facebook page and published that, they were waiting for me outside court, I had them at my doorstep the next morning. It was horrible – I had gone from being stalked by him to being stalked by the media.

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Under current laws revenge porn has been categorised as a domestic abuse rather than a sexual offence, defined as:

Photographs or films which show people engaged in sexual activity or depicted in a sexual way or with their genitals exposed, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public.

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Mrs Mulligan said that ministers really need to pay attention to the petition and and change the law, even though some of the media have said they would not publish victims’ names, they are not obliged to do so and this would provide much needed protection for people whose lives can be ruined by fear and distress.