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figure above: Infographic of RPH's data spanning 2021

'The Rise of Sextortion'

RPH's second annual report is now available, showcasing data for 2021. With the ongoing rise of cases, RPH has seen a record-breaking increase in Sextortion reported to the Helpline. Unlike the previous year, this report is smaller and broken down into four articles with accompanying graphics, which you can read below. 

'Intimate image abuse, an evolving landscape'

The report focuses on Helpline data from 2015 to 2020, the purpose being two-fold: it aims to outline the trends reported to the Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) by its clients and demonstrate the effectiveness of RPH in supporting victims.

Since RPH was founded, there has been no formal report on the developing challenges and trends seen by RPH. This report will analyse our five years’ experience of working in this sector, postulate what trends may be seen in the future and assess how policy and RPH need to adapt to support future victims effectively. This report will also demonstrate RPH’s ongoing success in supporting victims of IIA and in the removal of online content. These outcomes are paramount to RPH; supporting people who are isolated by this abuse, allowing violated victims to regain control of their images and rebuild their lives.

The report covers:

  • What is the Revenge Porn Helpline
  • Data collected from the Helpline
  • Trends seen at the Helpline
  • RPH projects 
  • The future of the Helpline

Revenge Porn Helpline digital forum

The following videos are of key speakers from the RPH digital forum in 2021. Due to the nature of the recordings, there may be some visual/audio issues. 

Maria Miller, Basingstoke MP gives opening remarks for the Revenge Porn Helpline report launch. She discusses the importance of this report as well as upcoming committees in the House of Commons. This session occurred at the first Revenge Porn Helpline report launch in Dec 2021. Due to the nature of the recording, there may be some sound issues.

Professor Clare McGlynn is a professor of law at the University of Durham. She discusses issues around the legislation for victims of intimate image abuse alongside some recommendations for change in the upcoming law review.

Leigh Nicol, Scottish footballer campaigns for victim-survivors of intimate image abuse. Leigh talks about the impact this has had on her, she talks frankly about mental health. Leigh has been able to work through her experience with support from friends, family and therapy. Please note that this section does talk briefly about suicide and death.

Sophie Mortimer, Revenge Porn Helpline Manager speaks on the opening and beginning of the Helpline from 2015 to 2020. She then introduces Zara Ward, Senior Helpline Practitioner, who is disseminating the data found during the first five years of the Helpline being in operation.

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