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Nonconsensual pornography

Technology comes both as a blessing and as a curse. A form of crime which is becoming increasingly popular in our digital age is nonconsensual pornography.

Nonconsensual pornography involves the distribution of sexually graphic images of individuals without their consent. This includes images originally obtained without consent (e.g., hidden recordings or recordings of sexual assaults) as well as images originally obtained with consent, usually within the context of a private or confidential relationship (e.g., images consensually given to an intimate partner who later distributes them without consent, popularly referred to as “revenge porn”).

A recent article published in MaltaToday highlights that revenge porn or sextortion is not uncommon in Malta. It is stated that between January and June 2016 approximately two to three people per week came forward after suffering crimes of revenge porn/sextortion. The perpetrators were often strangers, threatening to share private photos/videos the victim had sent them online. The data also seems to indicate that the most vulnerable target group are males aged 18-50.

If you are a victim of nonconsensual pornography, don’t be afraid to come forward! Contact the Cyber Crime Unit on(+356) 2294 2231; computer.crime@gov.mt or Victim Support Malta on 2122 8333; info@victimsupport.org.mt




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