A man from Kidderminster is the first in the region to be convicted of revenge pornography after he disclosed a sexually explicit picture of a woman on Facebook. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a requirement to attend a 30 day rehabilitation programme.
John Duffin, of Totterdown, Bristol, admitted disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress - known as revenge porn. He was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for two years at Bristol Crown Court.
A Canadian teenager who pleaded guilty to 23 charges related to online harassment and "swatting" earlier this year has been sentenced to 16 months in a juvenile detention centre. The 17-year-old harassed mostly young, female gamers and their families, hacking into social media accounts and sharing personal information online.
Prosecutors believe this is in part due to the growing use of the internet, which acts as an enabler of crime. The "plus" side of this sinister new phenomenon is that online activity leaves digital traces which can be used by police as evidence. The CPS is revising some of its guidance so that prosecutors make the best use of the law to tackle cyber-facilitated abuse and violence.
An American lesbian Chrissy Chambers, 24, is aiming to make legal history in England as the first person to seek both a civil action for damages and the criminal prosecution of a former partner she accuses of posting revenge pornography of her on the internet.