What you need to know about South Africa’s new revenge porn laws

Leaking nudes and sex tapes is a crime with actual jail time 😊

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South Africa’s ‘revenge porn’ laws are here to put the leakers of nudes and sex tapes behind bars. So if your psycho ex-partner is making threats or worse, here’s what you need to know to put them in jail for being trash.

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What is revenge porn?

Essentially, it refers to leaked nudes or sex tapes, usually posted by an ex. And it’s happened to many people, including Blac Chyna. Revenge porn is a violation and it’s now illegal in South Africa.

Sharing nudes or explicit videos of someone without their permission is f*cked up. There is no consent in revenge porn. You may have agreed for your partner to see the private image (at that time), but not consented for him/her/them to share it.

Yet, it’s done anyway – often out of spite or after a break-up to get back at an ex. The point of revenge porn is often to shame or humiliate the victim. Revenge porn is typically leaked on social media, but can also be uploaded onto porn sites (who profit from revenge porn, but that’s a whole other conversation).

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Leaking nudes is now a crime

When someone makes (or even threatens to make) your private life public, it can be terrifying for the victim. You may feel like there’s nothing you can do. But this is changing.

President Ramaphosa amended the Films and Publications Bill to include this modern crime, The South African reports. The law now prohibits the distribution of revenge porn.

So, leaking nudes is now a crime. The law finally caught up with the Internet. And as a criminal offence, the law takes these acts seriously. Offenders can be jailed.

In the US, Blac Chyna was granted a restraining order against Rob Kardashian after he posted revenge porn. But in South Africa, the punishment is a little more severe…

Related: Blac Chyna Granted Restraining Order Against Rob Kardashian Following Revenge Porn Incident

You can be thrown in jail for the following:

  • Knowingly sharing private nudes or sex tapes without the prior consent of any individual featured.
  • Sharing this kind of content with the intention of causing harm or distress.
  • Uploading nudes in which the victim can be clearly identified.

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How long is the jail time?

Offenders will face both jail sentences and fines if found guilty of posting revenge porn. There’s a maximum jail sentence of two years for basic offences and a fine of up to R150 000.

But it gets way worse if the offender posts a film/pic in which the victim can be identified. If the victim can be recognised, the prison time for the offender doubles to four years. PLUS, a double financial penalty of R300 000. It sounds like justice to me.

This would include, for example, nudes that include a face. Try not to send these, BTW – rather crop out your face when sexting.

Related: Why Gigaba’s Leaked Sex Tape Reminds Us to Stay Safe When Sexting

Share the knowledge

More often than not, this happens to young women and girls. So, share the knowledge and let’s give victims and potential victims a chance at justice here.

It’s common for victims to feel totally helpless in these situations. Let’s start taking the power back. The next time you hear of someone trying this vile tactic, just know that the law is on your side to get the a**hole thrown in jail.

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