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SA revenge porn senders may face jail

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016

South Australia is cracking down on "revenge porn", through harsher penalties for people who share explicit images of others without their consent.

The state government says people who threaten to send an indecent image of someone will now face a maximum two-year jail term or a $10,000 fine.

SA Attorney General John Rau says revenge porn is a topical issue and he's pleased the state is legislating to stamp it out.

"These types of images can all too often be used as a means of bullying, harassment or revenge, as once an image hits cyberspace it is there forever," he said.

"These changes should help protect a person's privacy and punish those who would seek to exploit people for some sick purpose."

Mr Rau said people should also be mindful of how intimate images that they send of themselves could be used by others.

"Young people in particular need to understand if they share an explicit selfie, it could be seen by hundreds, possibly thousands, of people," he said.

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