People whose intimate images are shared online without their consent can now report it to a special hotline, to help get the pictures removed.

A campaign launched today highlights how sharing such images without consent is a form of abuse, and carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison.

New research shows that one in every 20 adults reported having had an intimate image of themselves shared online or on social media without their consent - and that figures rises to one in 10 for those aged between 18 and 37.

Hotline.ie is the new helpline dealing with illegal content online, and was launched today by Minister Hildegarde Naughton, who says sharing intimate images of someone without their consent can have long-lasting and harmful effects.

Speaking with Midwest News this evening, Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers has welcomed the introduction of this new website, which will help to get images and video removed from the internet.

The Fianna Fail Senator says this is part of the Government's plan to tackle the sharing of intimate images without consent.....

 

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