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Revenge porn finally illegal in England and Wales now

We talked to a police spokesperson to find out how you can report this crime to the police

Well, thank fuck for that. Revenge porn, the deplorable pasttime held dear by mega creeps, is now officially a crime in England and Wales. The BBC reports that both Scotland and Northern Ireland are both considering taking the same measures.

The new law describes revenge porn as, "photographs or films which show people 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". It covers the distribution of physical images and those shared across social networks. Anyone found guilty could face up to two years behind bars.

Revenge porn is a plague that has become depressingly popular over the past couple of years. Last year saw Jennifer Lawrence's privacy compromised by a 4chan-led leak dubbed "The Fappening". At the beginning of this month a 14-year old boy became the youngest person to be convicted of revenge porn, although he had to be prosecuted under different charges. This law changes that.

While men can be victims of revenge porn too, it's mostly women who suffer at the hands of embittered misogynists who carry one objective when posting private images online: to cause emotional damage.

So what do you do if you want to report this crime to the police? A spokesperson from the College of Policing, which sets standards in policing, told us that any female reporting revenge porn will be able to speak directly with a trained female officer.

"Investigators are specially trained to gather information online and national police guidance, known as Authorised Professional Practice, will now be updated to reflect the legislative change," they told us. "If you are a victim of revenge porn your case will be taken seriously by police who will investigate it and follow a national code of practice for victims. You can get support by contacting police directly or calling a new Revenge Porn Helpline on 0845 6000 459.”