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The law in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland 

‘Revenge porn’ is not currently an offence under Irish law. The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill (2017) is currently at the third stage, also known as the ‘committee stage’ of being included into Irish law. The current version is set to create the following offences under this bill:

  • Distributing intimate images without consent, or threatening to do so with intent to cause harm.
  • Taking or distributing intimate images without consent.
  • Distributing threatening or false messages.  

The bill is currently under examination and amendments may be made, you can follow the history and progression of this law here.

You can see the proposed bill here.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, under section 51 of the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2016, it is ‘an offence for a person to disclose a private sexual photograph or film if the disclosure is made without the consent of an individual who appears in the photograph or film and with the intention of causing that individual distress’.

Read the full legislation 


In Scotland, disclosing, or threatening to disclose an intimate photograph or film is an offence under the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016.

Read the full legislation

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