Ógra Aontú have lended their support to the campaign to make ‘revenge porn’ punishable by law. Spokesperson for the group, Gráinne Nic Philib, said:
“Revenge porn is cruel, disgusting and should be illegal. In recent days a server containing over 6,000 naked images of Irish women and girls was circulated online. This has caused devestation among many of those affected. It is abhorrent and intolerable. The government have promised to legislate in this area before the end of the year, but the clock is ticking and we haven’t seen much action. Minister McEntee needs to provide an update on the progress of the drafting of that legislation and also to ensure that the specific perpertrators of these horrors in recent days face the full wrath of the law where possible and their actions be utterly condemned by the government”.
“As of today the link to these images remains live. Many women have spoken up about their experiences since yesterday, the topic has been discussed extensively in the Dáil and in the media. 30,000 people have signed a petition to the Department of Justice, and the petition has been trending on twitter for some time, and yet the images remain publicly available online. This is a disgraceful situation, our laws need to change and our culture needs to change”, concluded Gráinne.