Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan today joined forces with revenge porn victim Keeley Richards-Shaw to call for an urgent change to the law.
The law currently gives victims of revenge porn no right to anonymity. Unlike victims of other sexual assaults, anyone can name them - meaning they can be publicly named across the media, something which on top of the crime itself, causes on-going suffering and distress.
For this reason, Julia has taken up the matter and is working with Scarborough victim Keeley to kick off a campaign to tackle the legal loophole and ensure better protection is put in place for people who have experienced this type of crime.
The two women have jointly written to the Justice Secretary Michael Gove and the chair of the Justice Select Committee Bob O’Neill requesting meetings to discuss the issue with both.
"They also today launched an online petition Change the Law: No More Naming of Revenge Porn Victims which can be accessed at: www.NoMoreNaming.com
The campaign will be promoted via social media using the hashtag NoMoreNaming
Keeley’s experiences were made public when her ex-boyfriend Alec Brewer became the first person to be sentenced under new laws to tackle revenge porn after he shared intimate photos he had taken of her without her knowledge.
A Sheffield barrister who failed to reveal he had convictions for possessing CS spray and obstructing a police officer has been struck off. Giles Norton also falsified a number of qualifications, including a degree in Chinese from Harvard University and a master of law degree from Staffordshire.
An independent disciplinary panel disbarred the barrister with immediate effect and fined him £3,000. He had worked as a barrister since 2004.
Sentencing guidelines have been published today which encourage judges to make "full use of their powers" when sentencing people guilty of letting their dogs behave dangerously.
Angela Smith, Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, says the guidelines don't go far enough.
Owners of dangerous dogs will face tougher punishments under new sentencing guidelines published today.
Judges have been told that people who fail to stop their dog harming others could face up to 18 months in jail, a community order or a fine.
The move follows a rise in the number of people sentenced for dangerous dog offences, but some campaigners say more needs to be done to prevent dog attacks before they happen.