Disturbing gap identified in Queensland’s revenge porn legislation

Felicity Caldwell for the Brisbane Times writes:

Speaking at a parliamentary committee hearing into proposed revenge porn laws, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service team leader Rebecca Shearman cited one horrific example that she thought would not be covered by the legislation.

In that example, an offender allegedly posted details about his ex-partner, including her phone number and the type of humiliation she would purportedly enjoy online, prompting a flood of messages from strangers, including some with graphic descriptions of violent sex acts.

Committee chairman Peter Russo asked Ms Shearman if she thought there was a gap in the legislation as it did not cover posts without images, to which she agreed.

Ms Shearman said women had been “extorted” and asked for $500 to $1000 by website operators to remove “revenge porn” photos.

Sharing, or even threatening to share, compromising images of another person in Queensland would result in three years’ jail, under a bill introduced to Parliament by Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath last month.

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/disturbing-gap-identified-in-queensland-s-revenge-porn-legislation-20180917-p50477.html

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