GEM response to CPS Guidance on Social Media Cases

The Centre for Gender Equal Media has submitted evidence to the consultation by the Crown Prosecution Service on its Interim Guidelines on Social Media cases

Our full evidence submission is available here

We welcome the guidance provided to prosecutors on the broader context of violence against women which should shape prosecutorial decisions. We recommend strengthening this guidance and, in particular, ensuring that the ‘high threshold’ does not preclude prosecutions where there is evident harm to victims.

While we welcome the recognition that disclosing private, sexual images without consent can result in serious harm, we recommend that the CPS do not use the terminology of ‘revenge porn’, but instead the more appropriate term image-based sexual abuse.

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