Helpline tackling revenge porn to receive further funding

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A helpline dedicated to supporting victims of revenge porn is to receive further funding.

The Minister for Women, Equalities and Early Years, Caroline Dinenage announced that the helpline will receive a further £80,000 in 2017-2018 to ensure victims continue to receive the support they need.

The Revenge Porn Helpline launched in 2015 to help tackle the problem of people sharing intimate images online as a way of seeking revenge, humiliating or blackmailing individuals.

Since its launch the helpline has taken over 6,000 calls. The helpline links callers with law enforcement and internet companies to get content taken down, as well as providing information on legal help available and their rights.

It was set-up alongside the introduction of a new offence in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, covering the sharing of images both online and offline. The offence carries a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison.

Speaking about the announcement, Dinenage said, “Intimate photos or videos should never be shared without a person’s consent, let alone be posted online as an act of revenge.”

“For too long, people felt they had to face this problem on their own but we will not tolerate it.”

“That’s why we introduced new laws to make this an offence and set up this helpline to provide people with help and advice.”

“This funding means we can help hundreds more people get these images taken down, as well as helping them get the emotional support they might need as victim of this awful crime.”

Laura Higgins, Online Safety Operations Manager said, “We are absolutely delighted with the Minister’s decision to provide continuation funding for the Revenge Porn Helpline.”

“The service has seen an increase in calls in 2017 and there is clearly a need for our specialist advice and support.”

“Since launching in 2015 we have helped thousands of victims and have received incredible feedback from clients, we are glad that we can continue to do so.”

The helpline is available on 0845 6000 459 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, and messages left outside these hours will be returned. Emails can be sent at any time to [email protected]

Alison Simpson
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