Coronavirus: Revenge Porn Surge Hits UK Helpline

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Revenge Porn (image: BBC)

The lockdown has caused a surge in the number of people contacting the Revenge Porn Helpline, the government-funded service for adults experiencing intimate image abuse.

Traffic to the helpline’s website nearly doubled in the week beginning Monday 23 March and more cases were opened in the following four weeks than in any previous four-week period.

Campaigners are calling for extra funding for the helpline, which has only two full-time members of staff, to help it cope with the rising workload.

Intimate image abuse – or the threat of it – is one way an abuser can still impose control even if they are not isolating with their partner or ex-partner.

Stress, break-ups and job loss can all aggravate pre-existing abusive behaviour and coercive control, says Clare McGlynn, Professor of Law at Durham University.

She attributes the rise in cases of intimate image abuse to “the increased use of the internet and social media, as well as heightened emotions” during lockdown.

Sophie Mortimer, manager of the Revenge Porn Helpline, told the BBC that over half of the cases since lockdown clearly originated in “an abusive or controlling relationship”.

“The level of distress caused shouldn’t be underestimated. We are frequently hearing from people seeking our help that they are contemplating suicide or self-harm, the impact of the abuse seems so overwhelming,” she said.

See Also: COVID-19: Here Are Numbers To Call For Psychological Help

source: BBC

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