September 22, 2020, 1:28

Tonnes of Intimate Photos Emerge Online as Revenge Porn Rises Across Europe

Tonnes of Intimate Photos Emerge Online as Revenge Porn Rises Across Europe

Revenge porn is non-consensual distribution of sexual images to punish victims for ending relationship or the threat to share them for the purpose of blackmail. Many countries have been documenting increasing instances of revenge porn, and analysts now believe that the pandemic may be leading to a rise in this online expression of violence.

Europe is seeing a rise in revenge porn during the coronavirus pandemic, according to women’s rights activists, cited by Reuters, who argue that abusers now have more time and technological means during the lockdown to use this manipulative tool against their victims.

This dangerous phenomenon relates not only to adults though, but also to underage girls, activists note, as children spend more time online now that schools are closed.

“In Spain, you can’t report this type of crime via the internet. Often children and adolescents can’t go themselves to the police station to report a crime – and this is even more of a problem during confinement”, the activist said.

Revenge porn has also been on the rise in France, where it is considered to be an offence. French student Shanley Clemot Maclaren has already done tremendous work with a lawyer getting hundreds of “shame” accounts deleted as she noticed that myriads of intimate images and videos of naked girls have been circulating online since the start of the national lockdown in March.

This is a doubling of cases compared with the same month last year.

However, the pandemic has also led to an increase not only in instances of online assaults, but also physical abuse, as domestic violence has been on the rise globally during the pandemic, data suggests. According to sociologists, this is not surprising as there has always been a larger number of abuses recorded when families spend more time together, especially during holidays or Christmas season, let alone during enforced coronavirus confinement.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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