ICM poll shows support for victims to have their identity protected after Home Office rejects calls for anonymity

Three-quarters of people believe victims of “revenge pornography” should be given automatic anonymity to bring the offence in line with other sexual crimes.

In an ICM poll 75% of men and women questioned supported campaigners who want victims’ identities to be protected after an allegation is made to police. The revenge pornography law – introduced in April last year – does not treat the offence as a sexual crime and girls, men and women who are victims face being re-victimised if a suspect is arrested and charged, say campaigners. There is also concern that victims are not supporting prosecutions because of fears of an online backlash if they come forward.

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