Crime

Justice for ‘revenge porn’ victims

By Amelia Searson and Nicole Lyttle

For the first time, WA Police have charged a person under the new intimate images legislation.

It is alleged a 24-year-old man posted 10 intimate images of his ex-girlfriend on Instagram after the couple broke up.

The Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Act 2018 (WA), makes it a criminal offense to distribute intimate images without consent.

The alleged offender could now face up to three years in prison or a maximum fine of $18,000.

Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) found one in five people had suffered image-based abuse, highlighting the need for updated and relevant legislation.

Attorney General John Quigley said the tough penalties would act as a deterrent for offenders to post intimate images without the consent of the person in the photo.

“Criminalising this degrading and dehumanising practice is long overdue and it will no longer be tolerated,” he said.

If you need to report an image-based sexual abuse go to http://www.acorn.gov.au.

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