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Revenge porn is the intentional sexual humiliation of ex partners by posting intimate and naked photos/videos on-line. The jilted ex often writes malicious and damning remarks about the subject and provides their personal information to open them up to further abuse from website users.

This is a phenomenon that usually affects women but does affect men also. 

The abuse of trust, and public humiliation that is associated with acts of revenge porn is something that should be illegal. Women/men affected are made into involuntary porn stars and the abuse that follows, from users of revenge porn websites, adds to the distress of the victim.


Sites that host these images have a large amount of internet traffic through them, meaning that a person's intimate photo can have tens of thousands of views in only a couple of days. The more hits the page has, the higher up in a Google search it appears, sadly for some women this means that searching their name reveals the photos. Future employment, relationships, friendship and families are all affected by acts of revenge porn. 

It is also an increasing concern that the distribution and publishing of these images online has become part of domestic abuse and the threat of such can put pressure of people in abusive relationships not to break free of them. 

Internet crimes require modifications to the law, this type of behaviour needs to be recognised as a sexual offence and harassment of a sexual nature. The conduct violates the victims dignity, degrades and humiliates them with the intent to do so. 

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Many thanks.

(David Cameron is already in the process of legislating against the porn industry, this is not a petition associated with any reform of internet filters or legitimate porn industry publications. This petition is aimed at the malicious and immoral use of personal images to humiliate and abuse victims.)

Letter to
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron MP
It has recently hit the news that the US has made revenge porn illegal. This is not only a phenomenon that affects those in the US, here in the UK there is a growing problem of abuse through revenge porn websites.

Victims of these sites have their naked photos posted without their consent by jilted ex partners. Victims are usually women that are then subject to abuse from users of the websites that comment and seek out their social network profiles.

The fall out from these images making it on-line cannot be contained, they go from site to site being uploaded by different parties to drag out the humiliation of the subject. If the number of hits is high enough, victims can find that the images are visible in an internet search of their name, this then affects future employment and relationships.

Some of these sites are incredibly popular and have many people going through them every day and photos can amass thousands of views in mere hours.

Once these photos are on-line it is close to impossible to have them permanently removed as they are featured on so many sites, not only do victims have to come to terms with the fact that they will essentially be accessible for the foreseeable future, but they have no way of seeking justice from the malicious person that put them there.

Many women's support groups have also linked this type of behaviour with domestic abuse, women can be forced into taking these photos by abusive partners and the threat of them being put on-line can prevent these victims from leaving or seeking help.

The violation of dignity, degradation and humiliation suffered by the victim needs to be recognised as a sexual assault and a harassment of a sexual nature.

This type of behaviour cannot be deemed acceptable and we the undersigned urge you to ban revenge porn in the UK.