The practice of “revenge porn”—in which someone posts or distributes a nude or sexually explicit photo of another person without their consent—was made illegal in England and Wales on Thursday. The rule will come into law later this year, the BBC reports.
In the bill, which was approved by Queen Elizabeth II today, revenge porn is defined as photos or films of people who have not consented to the distribution of the image or film and who are “engaged in sexual activity or depicted in a sexual way or with their genitals exposed, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public.” Media posted on social networks, sent via text, or even physically distributed will be governed by the new rule.
Scotland and Northern Ireland are also considering similar laws. The BBC says that between January 1, 2012 and July 1, 2014, 149 allegations of revenge porn were made in the two countries. Only six of those resulted in police action against the accused.
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