Revenge porn made illegal in Mzansi

By Doug Mattushek - 09 October 2019Views : 488


Revenge porn has been made a criminal offence in South Africa, carrying a huge fine and a prison sentence.

Women the world over have long been victims of the disgusting practice, where private sexual images or videos of them are posted online without their consent in order to harm their reputation or cause them emotional distress. The likes of Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have been targeted in this regard.

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Now, President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Films and Publications Amendment Bill, which addresses issues of hate speech, child pornography and revenge porn.

"Any person who knowingly distributes private sexual photographs and films in any medium including through the internet, without prior consent of the individual or individuals and where the individual or individuals in the photographs or films is identified or identifiable in the said photographs and films, shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding R300 000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding four years or to both a fine and such imprisonment," reads the act.

The progressive act follows in the footsteps of the United Kingdom and Japan, while the likes of Australia and the United States are yet to adopt federal laws criminalising the distribution of private sexually explicit material without consent.