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Reports of revenge porn are on the rise but only a few cases make it to court. A Norwich woman has spoken about her sense of "betrayal" after an ex-partner shared intimate images of her online without her knowledge. The woman, called Georgie, and whose surname is not being disclosed to protect her identity, only found out about the images in May after she was contacted by a stranger on social media.
It has now been three years since her relationship ended, and Georgie, who is in her late 20s, continued to speak to her former partner as a friend prior to the discovery last year. Georgie had received a text from her former partner during the police investigation, in which he admitted he had shared the images, but claimed he was not doing it to hurt her.
A Norwich woman only found out intimate images had been shared online after she was messaged by a stranger on social media - Credit: PA. Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act creates the offence of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, commonly referred to as 'revenge porn'.
But without reasonable proof to show intent, Georgie says intimate images can legally be sent for sexual gratification, financial gain, secret humiliation or just "for fun".
Georgie compared the situation to drink-driving where it is an offence to get behind the wheel while intoxicated even if that person does not intend to hurt anyone. She said she is not calling for anyone to be thrown in prison, but seeks to raise awareness about the issue.
Georgie said she also wants to speak up because she does not want someone else to control her story, and that she should not feel ashamed by it. She said: "His purely selfish actions have and will continue to affect my life for years to come, and without any consequences, there is every possibility he will do it again. The law is not good enough.
It just seems separate to common sense that it should ever brain. I knew him for a long time and trusted him, so moving forward with romantic relationships, there are now a lot of difficulties for me. I am still discovering the consequences. This could have been going on for ages as far as I know.
Some of the websites are not even based in the UK. Georgie would like to see enhanced education, in the same way someone would go on a speed awareness course for an offence. And she hopes schools increase teaching on relationships and consent as part of the curriculum moving forward. The Ministry of Justice has launched a law commission survey on intimate image abuse which runs until May 27, This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years.
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'I was betrayed' - Woman's 'devastation' after intimate images shared by ex