Melinda Boutwell

Melinda Boutwell

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Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesThe threat of circulating revenge porn would be criminalised and the evidence threshold lowered to bring England and Wales in line with Scottish law, under changes to be proposed by a former Lib Dem cabinet minister.The law south of the border has failed to keep pace with the rapid increase of the malicious exploitation of explicit or sexual images without their subject s consent, according to former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael.He is to argue in the Commons in favour of amendments to criminalise not only the circulation of private sexual photographs and films without consent, but the threat of circulating them.They are designed to increase the number of successful prosecutions of the crime, which carries a jail term of up to two years and a fine.I hope to get the support from MPs across the house and hope that the government agrees with me that more must be done to help and support victims of this horrific act.They earlier pleaded guilty to a revenge porn offence for publishing the video, which the actor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had asked Marcou to delete after they broke up.
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