‘Revenge porn’ is an awful modern phenomenon made possible by technology. The laws in Queensland are however catching up with technology:
“Proposed changes to the Criminal Code to be introduced in Parliament this week would make revenge porn a criminal offence in Queensland.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath will this week introduce the Criminal Code (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Amendment Bill 2018, delivering on an election promise to address the disturbing trend.
“These laws would apply to both sending, and threatening to send, intimate material without consent, and will come with a maximum penalty of three years jail,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“The definition will extend to photoshopped images – where an image has been altered to look like a person is portrayed in an intimate way.”
The Bill also allows courts to make a rectification order –the images must be removed or deleted, and if they aren’t a person faces a two-year jail term.
“Revenge porn is a horrible violation, designed to humiliate, and it speaks volumes about the person sharing the image.
“It is time for us to step in because this behaviour isn’t just abhorrent, it is criminal.
“And we also know that while sharing intimate images can affect anyone, it disproportionately affects women and girls,” Mrs D’Ath said.
The Bill also includes the threat to distribute – whether an image exists or not.
“Victims often don’t know whether there is material in existence; but a threat to distribute material—even material that may not exist— provokes extreme fear and can be used to control, coerce, and harm a person,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“I would hope this Bill also serves as a reminder for young Queenslanders, in particular, around the dangers in sharing such material.”
The Bill will now be considered by a parliamentary committee and will be open for public submissions in the near future.”