In Britain 'Cyberflashing’ Is Now A Crime

‘Cyberflashing’ will become a new criminal offence with perpetrators facing up to two years behind bars under new laws to be introduced by the UK Government. The practice typically involves offenders sending an unsolicited sexual image to people via social media or dating apps, but can also be over data sharing services such as Bluetooth and Airdrop.

In some instances, a preview of the photo can appear on a person’s device, meaning that even if the transfer is rejected victims are forced into seeing the image.

Research by Professor Jessica Ringrose from 2020 found that 76 percent of girls aged 12-18 had been sent unsolicited nude images of boys or men. Ministers have recently confirmed that laws banning this behaviour will be included in the Government’s landmark Online Safety Bill alongside wide-ranging reforms to keep people safe on the Internet.

The new offence will ensure cyberflashing is captured clearly by the criminal law, giving the police and Crown Prosecution Service greater ability to bring more perpetrators to justice. It follows similar recent action to criminalise upskirting and breastfeeding voyeurism with the Government determined to protect people, particularly women and girls, from these emerging crimes.

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab said: “Protecting women and girls is my top priority which is why we’re keeping sexual and violent offenders behind bars for longer, giving domestic abuse victims more time to report assaults and boosting funding for support services to £185m per year.”

“Making cyberflashing a specific crime is the latest step, sending a clear message to perpetrators that they will face jail time.”

The change means that anyone who sends a photo or film of a person’s genitals, for the purpose of their own sexual gratification or to cause the victim humiliation, alarm or distress may face up to two years in prison. It follows a Law Commission review ‘Modernising Communications Offences’ which recommended that a new offence should be created.

“Tech has the power to bring people together and make our lives better, but it can also enable heinous behaviour from those who wish to abuse, harm and harass... “The forthcoming Online Safety Bill will force tech companies to stop their platforms being used to commit vile acts of cyberflashing. We are bringing the full weight on individuals who perpetrate this awful behaviour.”said the Digital Secretary, Nadine Dorries.

Mobile messaging platforms and Bluetooth communications have increased the scope for abuse and harm like cyberflashing and the creation of the new  offence enable Police to treat cyberflashing as seriously as in-person flashing.

This announcement builds on the Online Safety Bill  by making sure criminal law is fit for the Internet age and better protects victims from harmful communications online. This legislations will tackle a wide range of harmful private and public online communication, including sending abusive emails, social media posts and WhatsApp messages, as well as ‘pile-on’ harassment where many people target abuse at an individual such as in website comment sections.

The Online Safety Bill will also put more legal responsibility on social media platforms, search engines and other websites or apps which host user-generated content to tackle a range of illegal and harmful content on their services.

Gov.UK         TES:      University of Birmingham:     Bristol University Press

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