21:42 / 26.05.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

New crime bill would criminalize revenge porn

(Photo: HRT)

(Photo: HRT)

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The new draft of Croatia's Criminal Code would make the non-consensual publication of private, explicit photos, videos or other content featuring another person without their consent illegal and punishable with up to three years in prison.

The women's rights advocacy organization Babe said it has received a growing number of calls from people who claim they have been the victims of this type of on-line harassment.

“Over several months, during the implementation of the Surf and Sound project, tens of victims reached out to us with these types of cases. Most had to do with revenge porn and we offered counseling, both legal and mental health, in about 30 cases,” said Dean Šarčević, who led the Surf and Sound project, which aimed to provide assistance to the victims of on-line abuse and to push for the inclusion of revenge porn into the new crime bill.

The problem with revenge porn is that although the photos or videos may have been consensual, their publication is a violation of the right to privacy.

“This offense would be punishable with one year of prison time if the content was shared with one person and up to three years if it was shared with more people,” according to Justice Minister Ivan Malenica.

Opposition lawmakers are welcoming the change, although they do admit the new Criminal Code needs much more work to make it a good piece of legislation. Compared to laws in Scandinavian countries, there is a lot of room for improvement, say opposition politicians like MEP Biljana Borzan.

“Sweden has a minister for gender equality in a country where you would think that they could sleep through their mandate, given how advanced their laws are,” Borzan said.

Until recently, most cases of revenge port went unreported. The criminalization of such harassment would ensure that perpetrators are adequately punished.

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