Sussex Police face revenge porn questions

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Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will question Sussex Police about its handling of revenge porn cases at a public meeting tomorrow (May 20).

Mrs Bourne will ask Chief Constable Giles York about how many incidents have been reported to the police and how many have resulted in a suspect being charged when they meet at a public accountability meeting.

The questions come after victims from Eastbourne criticised the force over its decision not to seek prosecution of a man who allegedly posted stolen photos of several women to an abusive porn site.

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said, “Following urgent contact from a concerned mother of one victim and widespread media coverage about victims of revenge porn feeling let down by Sussex Police, I will be asking the Chief Constable how many reported incidents of revenge pornography have been made in Sussex since it became a criminal offence and how many of these have resulted in charges.

“I also want to know if Sussex Police’s decision to refer a reported incident to the Crown Prosecution Service differs when the victim is under 18 years of age.

“Sussex Police have made significant investment in training for frontline officers to tackle domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation.

“However, I will be asking what the training plan for frontline officers looks likes for revenge porn and what Sussex Police and partners are doing to raise awareness and encourage reporting.”

Mrs Bourne will also ask the Chief Constable about the perception that police forces are turning a blind eye to cannabis possession in the UK.

The meeting will be broadcast online from 1pm to 3pm tomorrow (Friday). Links are available at www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

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