Petition To Ban Revenge Porn Spikes After Leak of Female Images

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A petition calling for revenge porn to be made a criminal offence in Ireland has received tens of thousands of signatures.

It follows the shocking news that in excess of 66,000 images of women in Ireland were leaked online in recent days.

While some were liften straight from websites like OnlyFans, it is believed that the leak also includes many images that were shared privately.

The Victim’s Alliance has said some of the images are of girls under the age of 18-years-old.

It said it is currently trying to contact the women involved and has sent files and links on to the Gardaí.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre CEO Noeline Blackwell said sharing private images “constitutes sexual abuse that those images were shared in that online group in the first place”.

“Hacking of that online group or the leakage or whatever it was – there is now a concern that the transfer of those images is going to be much more widespread.”

Gardaí have said they are aware of the matter with the Assistant Commissioner for Organised and Serious Crime currently investigating.

More than 26,000 people have now signed an online petition calling for the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill to be signed into law.