Revenge Pornography Weekly Update: The Lasting Effects of Revenge Porn

Revenge pornography legislation changes on a week-by-week basis. We will be tracking these updates, as well as notable progress made in revenge pornography cases, and sharing them weekly in this space. 

14 August 2017

Our client, Chrissy Chambers, recently spoke to Radika Sanghani at The Telegraph about the impact revenge porn has had on her life:

“My lawyers have managed to get most of the content down, but there are still links out there to this day and when you Google the videos there are links you can find.  Even if goes to a dead page it still says my full name.  I feel defeated and exposed and humiliated and outraged.  It’s been an exhausting three years.  I’ve suffered so much and I know so many victims have also suffered – some have never managed to have the content removed and have had to change their names and lives.”

The law can provide a number of remedies for revenge porn victims.  In the UK, revenge porn is illegal and can lead to criminal charges against the perpetrator.  Victims can get content removed from the internet.  It is also possible to sue the perpetrators and even the websites for damages.

Nonetheless, the law cannot erase the pain that revenge porn victims feel.  Counselling can help many develop strategies to manage the psychological consequences of revenge porn, which can include PTSD and depression.  If you know a revenge porn victim, let them know that they are valued and loved and that you do not think any less of them because they were made the victim of a sex crime.

Our society needs to focus on preventive measures so that fewer people are forced to experience the pain that this crime causes.  By holding website operators responsible for maintaining standards in the content they host, we can stop the content from spreading in the first place. Through education and cultural advocacy, we can teach young people to respect their peers’ consent and privacy, and we can express to victims that they have done nothing wrong but instead are victims of a crime that aims to make them feel shame and pain.