Calls to make revenge porn a crime after private pictures leaked


The Government is under pressure to urgently ban revenge porn after hundreds of thousands of intimate images of Irish women were leaked online without their consent.


A victims support group has said that over 140,000 intimate and sexual pictures, including many of Irish women, were shared on the internet.


Images and videos have been taken from various platforms including Only Fans, Tinder, WhatsApp, and Instagram.


A large number were also taken without knowledge or consent in changing rooms or while women are sleeping.


Allegedly, some of the files include images of underage girls.


Crime


This is a crime.


The non-consensual sharing of intimate images, known as revenge porn, is not a criminal offence in Ireland.


Those sharing the images have been trading pictures of women, and boasting about having access to pictures of women on a county-by-county basis.


The Victim's Alliance, a lobby group which represents victims of crime, first discovered the files.


Their founder, Linda Hayden, spoke to the Irish Independent.


We are not equipped for this, Ms Hayden said.


We believe that Irish women were targeted because the perpetrators know there is no law against sharing intimate images without consent. There seems to be a blind spot.''


She later added to the Irish Examiner that the group had been asked to step back from their work as Garda had gotten involved.


Dark


The case has taken a very dark and sinister turn. As a result, the Garda have asked the Victims Alliance, and the volunteers involved to take a step back and let them take over.


We are happy that they are committed to doing so. If you become aware of a link that the Garda need to know about please let us know and we will pass it on. Please do not open any files in the links.


A petition to make revenge porn a crime in Ireland has reached 35,000 signatures at time of writing.


The incidents were discussed in the Dil this afternoon.


Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said:


''This is a profound violation of women and girls rights and demonstrates again the inadequacy of Irish law in protecting them against such abuse.


Labour TD Duncan Smith criticised the men who thought that sharing such images was acceptable, laddish behaviour.


Nothing could be further from the truth, this has to be refuted by every man in Ireland. It is the action of a degenerate, it is scummy, it is the lowest of the low.


Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said:


"Harassment and abuse in any form, whether online or otherwise, is utterly unacceptable and has no place in Irish society.


''Progression of the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill is a priority action for me as Minister for Justice and I am committed to seeing it enacted as quickly as possible.



  • Anyone who has been negatively affected by this can contact Womens-Aid Ireland.


  • Their 24-hour helpline is 1800 341900.