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Revenge Porn Cases Spike During Lockdown, Grazia

on 6th May 2020

“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a shocking spike in the number of calls to The Revenge Porn Helpline. ‘We are breaking all the records in the number of cases we receive,’ says Sophie Mortimer, a helpline manager who adds that the organisation was already seeing ‘a steady 35% rise in cases’ even before lockdown. ‘We initially saw a dip in cases, but once full lockdown was announced, cases nearly doubled. April has seen well over 200 cases, 25% higher than March.’

The increase, Sophie says, may be due to the lockdown causing an ‘additional strain on abusive relationships’. ‘Women are reporting predominantly domestic abuse by current or previous partners. Perpetrators have additional power and victims have less support, fewer services to reach out to and less visibility behind closed doors,’ she explains, adding that opportunist criminals are ‘targeting people who are locked down alone’ which is leading to sextortion – a type of revenge porn where someone coerces their victim to perform sexual favours – and phishing attempts.”

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