Further sex offences including revenge porn and upskirting could be included in Guernsey’s new sexual offences law.

The Committee for Home Affairs lodged a Policy Letter for consideration by the States Assembly which will be put before the States for approval before the end of this political term.

The offences include:

  • Non-consensual offences against children under 13

  • Abuse of position of trust

  • Grooming

  • Extreme and revenge pornography

  • Voyeurism and upskirting

  • Possession of paedophile materials

Polticians say while the new law will introduce more targeted sexual offence legislation, it is not the case that defendants have been able to escape from prosecution as more general offences have been used to ensure that criminal behaviour has been prosecuted.

The introduction of sexual offences legislation which is fit for these times is so important and it has been one of the Committee’s priorities throughout this political term. It will improve the enforcement of the law in this area and will be another step in ensuring the Bailiwick is kept safe and secure.’

Deputy Mary Lowe, President of the Committee for Home Affairs