Letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Justice

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, and revenge porn victim Keeley Richards-Shaw have jointly written to Rt Hon Michael Gove, MP, Secretary of State for Justice, to call for a change in law so that the anonymity of revenge porn victims is legally protected. This is the letter that they have sent.

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Secretary of State
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
London, SW1H 9AJ

30 November 2015

Dear Secretary of State

Revenge porn and its victims 

We welcome the Government’s crackdown on this abhorrent behaviour, and hope you will support us in furthering this important work.

letter-to-m-gove-213x300As you may know, under current law, the names of victims of revenge porn are free to be published.  Keeley has been a victim of this appalling, intimate crime, and the two of us are working together to change the law so that victims’ names can no longer be published. While the crime itself is a violation, to then have your name published in the media is a further violation, one that is easily
preventable and one which victims of other types of sexual assault do not, rightly, have to suffer.  I am sure you will agree that revenge porn victims should be entitled to the same protection as other victims of sexual assault.

Luckily for Keeley, her personal photos were not published on the internet for others to view, but this is not the case for many other victims of revenge porn.  It is vital that the Government acts as quickly as possible to close this loophole and support victims of revenge porn by protecting them from suffering the distress of further public exposure, either in the media, or by any other member of the public who feels inclined to publish their names.

We feel the Victims of Crime Bill which is due before Parliament soon, is a very timely opportunity to legislate to protect victims like Keeley.

We would ask for a formal meeting with you to discuss this matter in person, both with a view to establishing a speedy solution but also so you can listen to Keeley’s story directly.  In the meantime, we have written to the Justice Select Committee asking for them to look at this issue also.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

 

Julia Mulligan                                           Keeley Richard-Shaw

Police and Crime Commissioner                 Campaigner and

for North Yorkshire                                        victim of revenge porn


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