MP Vara backs ‘revenge porn’ law to help victims

MP Shailesh Vara

MP Shailesh Vara

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People should take greater steps to avoid becoming victims of revenge porn, North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara has said.

Justice minister Mr Vara said social media heavyweights such as Facebook and WhatsApp should also take more responsibility in removing sexual and explicit images uploaded without the subject’s permission.

Mr Vara, who helped bring changes to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill that will make revenge porn a criminal offence, said he hoped the new laws would help give victims the courage to come forward and tell police.

Police had been largely powerless to stop those responsible for spreading the private footage, although the Bill is due to get Royal Assent in the new year, meaning those convicted could get up to two years in jail.

Mr Vara said: “It is not for me to tell people what they can and cannot do.

“We live in a free country, a free society and people can do whatever they wish to do.

“But I think it is right that people should be aware that when exercising their rights of freedom in a free society that we enjoy that they are aware of possible hazards.”

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More about the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill - www.gov.uk