Paige Mitchell posted four sexually explicit images of her ex-girlfriend on her Facebook page after an argument.
As a result she has been handed down a six-week suspended jail sentence at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court, and also given a two-week sentence for common assault, to run concurrently.
Both sentences were suspended for 18 months.
In sentencing, the chairman of the bench Bette Hindmarsh said:
Posting the photos on the internet was a highly vindictive invasion of privacy. It was done with the intention of humiliating and hurting your victim.”
Mitchell pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating and one count of disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress.
The photos were sent by the victim to Mitchell during their relationship. They were posted online before Mitchell’s mother told her it is illegal to post them online, at which point she deleted them.
In a statement, Joanna Coleman for the Crown Prosecution Service said:
These vengeful crimes are predominantly thought of as being carried out by men. This sentencing will highlight that anyone can be guilty of this offence and regardless of the defendant’s gender, once reported, it will be taken seriously.
Crimes where an intimate image of an individual is shared without their permission in such a public forum is invasive, humiliating and distressing for the victim and leaves them feeling violated.
It can have a huge impact on the victim and I am pleased that more people are having the confidence to come forward and report these crimes.”
A ‘revenge porn’ amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill received Royal Assent this year and became law, punishing perpetrators with up to two years in prison.
TV host Anna Richardson last month leaked her own naked pictures to a revenge porn website, as part of a social experiment.
Out UK comedian – who presents the Bake Off on the BBC – disclosed that she has been living a brain tumour for the past eight years.
Speaking to Good Housekeeping, she said:
I was at a point where I was spending so much of my life doing TV that I only found out about my real life through a television procedure.
I’m lucky that it’s benign so it’s not in itself a worrying thing. Sometimes it’s big and makes me mad, and sometimes it’s small and is in the background.
Sometimes it screws up my hormones. I have various tests now to make sure the side effects aren’t too onerous.”
She also revealed that the tumour has stopped her from having children, because of its impact on her reproductive hormones.
We live in a time and place where we think everything is possible… I don’t know if I would have gone on to have children. But as soon as someone says you can’t have something, you want it more than anything.”
Tweeting since the interview went live, Perkins said:
Ta for sweet tweets about my prolactinoma. It's benign & non-symptomatic. All fine, Let's focus on those less fortunate in the world. X
Journalist and investigator Anna Richardson – who is currently dating Sue Perkins of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off –has leaked her own sexy selfie as part of a TV experiment.
Revenge porn has arisen with the ease of people being able to send explicit consensual pictures to each other, which are then uploaded to the internet for public consumption as a form of payback after a break-up.
Talking to the Evening Standard, she explained she wanted to explore the issue of angry exes uploading pictures to the internet without consent, which is now a crime in the UK.
It was a move that she didn’t take lightly.
The women who have been ‘revenge porned’ have been revenge porned without their consent, and they have no control over those images, albeit that it’s their body.
In this situation, I’m taking the pictures, I’m deciding what to do, I’m uploading them, I have control over it. Even though those pictures will be there forever, I think now having met women who have been revenge porned, I feel much stronger about the fact that this is something I should be doing properly.”
The pictures received hundreds of thousands of hits and hateful comments – however, later in the experiment they promptly disappeared, suggesting that the website discovered her photos were not all they appeared to be, but were still allegedly being shared privately by users.
I’ve been absolutely taken aback at the level of depravity that’s involved, the betrayal that’s involved, and also the danger that’s involved. It’s really, really, taken my breath away. Revenge porn is undoubtedly utterly heinous and dangerous, and everybody should be aware of the risks.”
Emily Jones of Channel 4 added:
Five years ago hardly anyone had even heard of revenge porn. In the past year it has made international news, and changed UK law. It has also spiralled in popularity and has the potential to effect anyone who has ever taken an intimate photograph. This programme will serve as a warning, but will also take an intelligent look at how the Internet has changed the way we control our own image.”
Perkins quit the social network back in April when she began receiving death threats from angry Top Gear fans, who were apparently furious over rumours that she would replace Jeremy Clarkson on the show – despite the fact that she had previously denied any such offer from the BBC.
The lead presenting job on Top Gear eventually went to Chris Evans.
Perkins is currently dating fellow TV presenter Anna Richardson.
Out TV presenter Sue Perkins has said she is taking a break from Twitter after she received threats over rumours that she would take over as host of Top Gear.
Tweeting this morning, Perkins said: “Guys, post the utterly fabricated story about me & Top Gear, my timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead…” “This morning, someone suggested they’d like to see me burn to death,” she said in a separate message. She went on: “All of which goes to say that I am off Twitter for a bit. Love and peace x.”
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