Revenge Porn: 'The harm these images do to children is incalculable', says John Carr OBE

Revenge Porn: 'The harm these images do is incalculable,' says John Carr OBE

Revenge porn is a cybercrime which can be highly distressing to the victims

Thursday, April 28, 2016

John Carr OBE insists the damage which can be done to child victims of revenge porn is "incalculable." 

The findings of several BBC Freedom of Information requests, which were revealed yesterday, showed 1,160 people were victims of revenge porn between April-December 2015. Thirty per cent of the victims were under the age of 19, and three of them were only 11 years old. 

And Carr, the secretary for the Children's Charities' Coalitions on Internet Safety, highlighted the terrible effect on youngsters. 

'The harm these images do is incalculable," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "'In some cases it has led to suicide, or the child moving schools because of the distress it causes.

"This is a new phenomenon, and a very upsetting one."

The publishing of sexual images or videos of others on the internet without consent has been a criminal offence since April 2015, and Carr advised parents they need to tackle this head-on in order to protect their children. 

"Be very plain, honest, and direct," he added. "Tell your child taking pictures of themselves in the nude and doing sexual things is never going to come to any good.

"If anyone tries to persuade them to do it [send sexual images or videos], tell them to hang up and let you know because the person is probably committing a crime."