Revenge porn is an equal opportunity offence…now in the UK woman convicted of placing intimate images of ex male partner on the internet

April 10, 2016 |

Revenge porn has, until recently, followed an invariable fact situation; female partner breaks up with male partner and the male ex uploads intimate photographs/video of the female ex onto one of the many potential platforms on the internet, including Facebook.

Now, in the UK, the first reported case of a female ex placing intimate photographs of her male ex on the internet, again with Facebook but also Twitter.  Ms Ellie Malaugh has the dubious distinction of being prosecuted and convicted of a revenge porn offence.  It is reported in Jilted saleswoman put her ex through revenge porn nightmare by posting explicit images of him online in first ever case of male partner being targeted   and Revenge porn case sees first woman convicted for victimising male partner which provides:

A JILTED lover has become the first woman to be convicted of victimising a man by using revenge porn after posting explicit images of him online without his consent.

Saleswoman Ellie Melaugh, 20, was said to have turned her ex’s life into a ‘nightmare’ after uploading the pictures to his Facebook and Twitter.

She is believed to be the first female found guilty of a crime under revenge porn legislation introduced a year ago.

 The images were posted alongside his name and full address and were seen by the victim’s mother and grandparents as well as countless online strangers.

She also set up a fake profile on dating site Plenty of Fish to humiliate him as well as calling him hundreds of times.

He was forced to repeatedly change his number to avoid contact from her and others.

The offences were so serious she was given a suspended jail sentence when she admitted to harassment and posting the revenge porn at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.

Speaking last night, the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told how he was suddenly flooded with phone calls from friends and family warning him the pictures were online.

He said: “It was a terrible ordeal. She turned my life into a living nightmare. Everyone could see she was trying to destroy me. I was living with my grandmother at the time and she was suffering from cancer. The whole thing just spiralled out of control.”

The victim said he was forced to leave his job as a manager at a respected national firm as a result of the attacks. He said: “She was a childish woman who would strop, stamp her feet and cry if she did not get her way.

“Near the end of the relationship I felt scared of her, she would not leave me alone. One night we rowed and I said I would go to the pub so she could calm down. When I turned around she was eating my money to stop me. She had a £10 note in her mouth and swallowed it.”

Magistrate Rachel Lipscomb sentenced Melaugh to a 12-week jail term, suspended for two years, and also imposed an indefinite restraining order preventing her from contacting the victim.

From April last year a law made it illegal to share sexually explicit images without the subject’s consent. The maximum penalty is two years’ jail.

Only two women are believed to have been convicted of revenge pornography so far but in both cases the victims were also women.

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