Revenge porn

New bills signed into law recently mean it’s now illegal to distribute sexually graphic images of individuals without their consent.

Amendments to the Films and Publications Act mean a person found guilty of so-called “revenge porn” could now face up to four years in prison or a fine of up to R300,000.

Lawyer Verlie Oosthuizen says the key requirement is that the material is being shared without consent.

In a lot of cases it is revenge porn in the sense they are being shared with the express intention of embarrassing the person.

— Verlie Oosthuizen, Partner and head of social media law – Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys

And in case you thought instances of revenge porn were rare, think again.

Oosthuizen says it’s an increasing problem.

It happens all the time, everyday…it seems there’s definitely a form or kind of people uploading this kind of images to porn sites. It seems to be a predilection in itself.

— Verlie Oosthuizen, Partner and head of social media law – Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys

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