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Natasha: Sharing intimate images

Domestic abuse survivor Natasha Saunders wants to find out why threatening to share intimate images isn't a criminal offence in England and Wales.

Domestic abuse survivor Natasha Saunders wants to find out why threatening to share intimate images isn't a criminal offence in England and Wales. Natasha was tormented for years by an ex-partner who used the threat to share intimate photos with her family, friends and work colleagues as a way to keep control over her. When Natasha reported these threats to police she was told they were powerless to act until her ex actually shared the photos.

But in Scotland the law changed in 2017 and threats to share is a criminal offence there and it's punishable by up to five years in prison.

Natasha talks to Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner in England and Wales, 'Jane', a domestic abuse survivor in Scotland, Detective Inspector Steven McMillan from Scotland's National Domestic Abuse Task Force and Caroline Nokes MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee.

Producer: Ben Carter
Editor: Emma Rippon
Production Coordinator: Gemma Ashman
Sound Engineer: Nigel Appleton

Details of organisations offering information and support with domestic violence are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 888 809.

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Mon 3 Aug 2020 11:00