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‘Revenge porn’ consultations with police totaled 1,143 in 2015: NPA

JIJI

The number of consultations police received over so-called revenge porn — the posting of sexually explicit images of former lovers online — came to 1,143 in 2015, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.

Of the victims, 90 percent were women and nearly 20 percent were minors. They included those who were victimized after sending photographs or videos they took of themselves to someone they came to know over the Internet but had never met in real life.

It was the first time the agency has compiled annual data on revenge porn since the law against such acts came into effect in November 2014. Under the law, offenders face a prison term of up to three years.

The agency has warned people against allowing their partners to photograph or film them.

“If you are threatened by someone who says they have your photos or videos, you should immediately consult with the police,” an agency official said, stressing that it was extremely difficult to completely delete photos or videos once they were posted online.

In 502 of the consultations, the victims were threatened with the publication of their photos or videos. In 343 cases, the victims complained their photos or videos had been taken by, or were in the possession of, others.

Photos or videos were sent to the victims in 245 cases and published in 188 cases.

Of the victims, 38 percent were in their 20s and 22.5 percent in their 30s, the data showed. Victims who were minors accounted for 19.5 percent of the consultations.

As many as 90 percent of the offenders were believed to be men.

Over 60 percent of those responsible for revenge porn-related acts were the victims’ partners or former partners. Meanwhile, 11.4 percent had contact with the victims only over the Internet, and the ages of 14.8 percent were unknown to the victims.

Of the consultations, 276 cases were investigated by the police.

The police handled 53 cases of violation of the law against revenge porn, including cases of tweeting photos or videos. In one case, the offender scattered nude photos of a female acquaintance at a parking lot of a commercial facility.

There were 69 intimidation cases, 56 cases of child prostitution and child pornography, and 18 cases of stalking.

The police asked website publishers to delete photos or videos in 67 cases and issued warnings to offenders in 544 cases.

  • Akuma

    You truly have to be an idiot to let someone take your picture now days.

    • Blair

      or really hot

    • Blair

      or really hot

  • Akuma

    You truly have to be an idiot to let someone take your picture now days.