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Australia News 2016: Revenge Porn to be Deemed Criminal in NSW - Aussie Network News
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Australia News 2016: Revenge Porn to be Deemed Criminal in NSW

Australia News 2016: Revenge Porn to be Deemed Criminal in NSW

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After Victoria and South Australia, the New South Wales government has also criminalized revenge porn following increasing reports of child pornography these days.

Under the law, creating and sharing porn images of anyone without consent will be considered illegal. It was only last week when officers investigated schools in relation to the sharing of nude photos of schoolgirls. Revenge porn is a big problem among teenagers that can likely lead to Commonwealth charges on children.

The decision has come following a privacy inquiry led by the government. In 2015’s parliamentary inquiry, all perspectives of privacy laws were examined with an intention to update the existing law for the digital age. As a result, the Upper House of NSW released a report in March that suggested the creation of laws that could punish people for violating the privacy of someone intentionally or recklessly.

NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton already provided her opinion on criminalizing revenge porn, saying that in most of the cases, the intimate images of a person is shared as the ex-partner seeks revenge. This, in turn, leads to worse situations of domestic violence where victims are forced into “production of explicit images.”

After the criminalization of creating and sharing explicit images without consent, the attorney-general stated on Monday that this was an important step to be taken to protect people from the vengeful attitude of their ex-partners.

“No one has the right to share explicit photos without consent, and new laws will protect people and make it clear that this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable,” Gabrielle Upton said as quoted by The Guardian. “These images can have a devastating emotional and social effect on the person pictured and can be used as a way to deliberately humiliate, control or harass the intended victim,” she said.

The governments of Victoria and South Australia have already banned the sharing of explicit images. If anyone is found doing so, he or she is subject to huge fines and a jail term up to a maximum period of two years.