You need consent to do that?

You need consent to do that?

8th January 2020

Online traffic for advice on sharing intimate images without consent doubles

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is reminding people that the sharing of intimate images or video without a person’s consent is a crime in Scotland. 

The charity’s Advice for Scotland webpage saw a doubling in unique views for its advice on the issue in 2018/19. 

From December 2018 to May 2019 the page received around 13,000 unique page views, but from June to November 2019 this increased to over 30,000 unique page views.

The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 makes it a crime to share intimate images or videos, send them to another person, upload them to a website, or threaten to do this, without your consent. 

Citizens Advice Scotland Communities spokesperson Gillian Fyfe said:

“The past year has seen a spike in traffic to our Advice for Scotland page around intimate images being shared without people’s consent. 

“The relevant law here is still fairly new, so it’s important that people know and understand that sharing intimate images is a crime in Scotland.

“No matter why an image or video was taken or sent, most people don't expect or want them being shared more widely. 

“The experience can be incredibly distressing, and many won’t want to speak out, but people should know that if they have been a victim of this crime they have rights and can report it to the police.”