Roberta Met­sola spear­heads EU cam­paign to stop ‘re­venge porn’

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

“The high pro­file cases of so­called re­venge pornog­ra­phy in Malta, Italy, the United King­dom and across the EU is symp­to­matic of a prob­lem that is preva­lent in our so­ci­eties,” Na­tion­al­ist MEP Roberta Met­sola said.

“We are see­ing case af­ter case of peo­ple – young peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar – who are black­mailed, bul­lied and tor­mented be­cause their pri­vate pho­tos and videos are shared with­out their per­mis­sion, leav­ing them lit­tle or no re­course. It is un­ac­cept­able,” said the MEP.

Speak­ing in Stras­bourg, MEP Met­sola launched a writ­ten dec­la­ra­tion on re­venge pornog­ra­phy and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. It is sup­ported by MEPs from ev­ery ma­jor political group­ing and from dif­fer­ent EU states.

“The sharp rise in peo­ple us­ing on­line and mo­bile so­cial plat­forms has un­for­tu­nately been ac­com­pa­nied by a sharp rise in bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment re­quir­ing in­creased ef­forts to deal with the is­sue across the Union.

“We know the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects that this crime can have on its vic­tims in­clud­ing se­vere men­tal health is­sues, so­cial stigma and in some cases even sui­cide. It must be stopped,” Dr Met­sola added.

MEPs are call­ing on mem­ber states to take all nec­es­sary mea­sures, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal sanc­tions, as well as de­velop anti-cy­ber­bul­ly­ing aware­ness pro­grammes and ed­u­ca­tion tools. They also want to fur­ther in­volve pri­vate in­ter­net and mo­bile plat­forms to stop the dis­sem­i­na­tion of re­venge pornog­ra­phy.

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