Revenge porn scumbags need to be aware they will soon face up to two years in prison under legislation set to come into force in the spring, the Ministry of Justice said Tuesday.
Under an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, it will become a specific offence to share explicit images without an individuals' consent. The law will criminalise the sharing of private, sexual photographs or films, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public.
This will include anything a "reasonable person" would consider to be sexual, "so this could be a picture of someone who is engaged in sexual behaviour or posing in a sexually provocative way", said the new guidelines.
The department has started a campaign to raise awareness about the changes, including advice to victims.
The Crown Prosecution Service already prosecutes cases around revenge porn using a range of existing laws.
However, the MoJ said police should prepare for a rise in people reporting the crime when the legislation comes into force.
The Bill has now received Parliamentary approval and is expected to be introduced later this year. ®