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Talking To The BBC About ‘Revenge Porn’

This afternoon I was briefly interviewed by BBC Scotland about “revenge porn” (image-based sexual abuse). I spoke about what happened to me four years ago, when I found out that somebody I had considered a friend had been posting sexual images of me for three years behind my back.

How i feel about talking about it

I don’t feel particularly brave or strong when I do interviews for the media, I simply don’t mind talking about it because not many victims feel like they are able to.

There’s so much shame surrounding “revenge porn” – the name of the crime alone is horrific and places blame on the victim. So if I can help someone feel less alone about what they are going through, and remind the audience that this crime has long-term emotional trauma for the victims, then I’ve done something worth doing. Even if it’s just one person that listens, it’s worth it.

The conversation was started up again today after Citizens Advice Scotland released the following press release:

ONLINE TRAFFIC FOR ADVICE ON SHARING INTIMATE IMAGES WITHOUT CONSENT DOUBLES

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is reminding people today that the sharing of intimate images or video without a person’s consent is a crime in Scotland.
The charity’s Advice for Scotland webpage saw a doubling in unique views for its advice on the issue in 2018/19.

From December 2018 to May 2019 the page received around 13,000 unique page views, but from June to November 2019 this increased to over 30,000 unique page views.

The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 makes it a crime to share intimate images or videos, send them to another person, upload them to a website, or threaten to do this, without your consent.

Citizens Advice Scotland Communities spokesperson Gillian Fyfe said:

“The past year has seen a spike in traffic to our Advice for Scotland page around intimate images being shared without people’s consent.

“The relevant law here is still fairly new, so it’s important that people know and understand that sharing intimate images is a crime in Scotland.

“No matter why an image or video was taken or sent, most people don’t expect or want them being shared more widely.

“The experience can be incredibly distressing, and many won’t want to speak out, but people should know that if they have been a victim of this crime they have rights, and can report it to the police.”

If you have been affected:

There are some amazing, helpful services that can help you make some sense of what has happened to you and will provide you with the support you need:

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