Huppert’s anti-revenge porn law backed by Lords

Ted Loveday 22 October 2014

MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert, has overcome the final hurdle in a long-running campaign to ban ‘revenge porn’ in the UK.

On Monday, the House of Lords unanimously backed his amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, making it illegal to share private sexual images of people without their permission.

Huppert hailed the victory, stressing in a press release that “it is so important that we give the victims of revenge porn protection in law. It has huge implications for the victims, and in some cases, it has even led to suicide.”

He added that he hoped the measure would encourage people “to think again about what they are doing” before they publish explicit pictures of others.

Huppert has been campaigning on the issue for some time, as TCS reported in its May Week edition. He has been backed by charities including Women’s Aid and the National Stalking Headline.

The new law means the UK will join California, Germany and Israel, all of which have outlawed ‘revenge porn’ this year.

A NatSci from Churchill college, who wishes to remain anonymous, commented on the law passing: "Well it's probably for the good of society. Two wrongs don't make a right. Besides, who watches it anyway – the professional stuff is way better".