Using the law

Taking action against online abuse is important.

 

Depending on the nature of the abuse you are experiencing and your relationship with your abuser there are a number of actions you might be able to take.

 

  • Some online abuse could be a criminal offence and you could report it to the police.

  • You may be able to get an injunction against your abuser to stop the abuse continuing.

  • There may be other non-legal actions you can take to prevent future abuse

 

This page gives you more information about the options available to you and links to get further advice and support.

 

Remember, regardless of what the law says, you don’t have to put up with it.

 

Is it a crime?

What other legal action can I take?

Seeking legal advice

Being a witness

Non-legal action

Privacy and Sharing of Personal Information

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Remember, regardless of the law, abusive behaviour is never acceptable.

Hurting, frightening, threatening or harming an individual or group of people online because of who they are is wrong. This is abuse.

Case Study

Who: Nine people were prosecuted after admitting they named online the woman who was raped by footballer Ched Evans. 

 

The Case: The former Sheffield United and Wales striker was jailed for five years for raping a 19-year-old women.  Following the trial, the victim was named and described in derogatory ways by nine people on Twitter and Facebook. The law grants victims and alleged victims of rape lifelong anonymity.  The nine who pleaded guilty claimed they were not aware naming her was a criminal offence.

 

 

Outcome:  The nine individuals were all charged with publishing material likely to lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case, contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992  They had to pay compensation to the victim and were themselves named and shamed in court.

 

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