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16-08-2019

Girl, 11, is one of Scotland’s youngest victims of revenge porn

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An 11-year-old girl has been revealed to be the youngest person in Scotland to have been a victim of revenge porn, police have said.

Revenge porn was made illegal in 2017 in Scotland and since then 25 children have become victim of the crime.

Young people have even moved schools as they have become so distressed by being victims of revenge porn.

Police figures show that out of 131 cases of revenge porn and children, only 16 of the victims have been male.

The victims were aged 20-29 in 47 of the reports, 30-39 in 29 cases, 40-49 in nine cases and 50 to 59 in five cases.

Rape Crisis Scotland chief executive Sandy Brindley said the huge number of victims of revenge porn was down to the "relentless pressure" young women face to share intimate images of themselves.

Ms Brindley said: "Many young women tell us they face enormous pressure to share intimate images of themselves.

"Sometimes they may share an image in response to what can feel like relentless pressure, only to find it has then been shared round the school.

"This can cause significant distress, and on some occasions has led to girls having to move school.

"It is a serious crime which has significant consequences."

The Government describes revenge porn as the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil McDonald of the public protection unit, pictured, said: "The sharing of non-consensual intimate images online is a cruel offence which can have a lasting effect on victims."

Detective Superintendent Gordon McCreadie of Police Scotland said: "Investigation into these offences is complex and dependant in many cases on the way in which perpetrators obtain and share the images as well as the ability to recover sufficient evidence to charge.  It can also depend very much on the technologies used by both the perpetrator and the victim."

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