When done in the wrong circumstances, it can land you in hot water. If a sexual or suggestive picture of an adult is shared among consenting adults in the State of California, that is perfectly legal. However, generally speaking, it is illegal to electronically share sexual images of a person, taken without their knowledge or consent. Scenario 1. Mary, 23, sends Pete, 25, a suggestive photo attached to a text message to celebrate their anniversary. This is legal.
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The young woman, who has asked not to be identified, was left horrified when her bitter ex-boyfriend posted naked photos of her online. Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday heard how twisted Kevin McKeeve shared the intimate snaps on his Twitter account to punish his ex for not replying to his messages. In a panic, she told her brother who went straight to police and McKeeve, 26, was arrested and had equipment seized by police.
The Crown Prosecution Service defines revenge porn as 'typically sexually explicit media that is publicly shared online without the consent of the pictured individual and is usually uploaded by ex-partners. The aim is to embarrass, shame and cause distress. It is certainly clear that revenge is a serious part of the porn industry: UK searches for the term have rocketed since More than 30 sites are used by perpetrators in the UK to upload content. Victims' organisations say that revenge porn is rarely an isolated incident: it is an attempt to control and manipulate by people who are probably emotionally and perhaps physically controlling as well. The new law may be able to act against perpetrators but it has no power to remove the images. Victims have to contact individual webmasters to ask for them to be taken down and not all of these websites will be in the UK. Very often, by the time people find out they are a victim, the pictures are already on dozens of sites.