First Incident of Woman Being Awarded Sexting Damages in UKAdded: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
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It was the first time that a woman was awarded £25,000 in damages for a civil case involving sexting. The claimant was encouraged as a 16-year-old schoolgirl to send naked pictures of herself to a teacher.
5 years ago, a former vice-principal at the British school was given a 3-year community order after admitting possessing indecent images of a girl who he had encouraged to send him sexually explicit photos. In a separate civil case, the woman sued him for damages and was awarded £25,000 this past September. Her lawyer explained that the prevalence of the use of mobile phone apps like Snapchat might result in many similar payouts. He also pointed out that the woman received extra damages to cover treatment costs, as she had to sit an extra year at school.
The woman is 23 now and claimed that the harm done by the teacher was serious and long-lasting, while her lawyer admitted that the case set a precedent that where sexual abuse (even without physical contact) takes place, the victim can be awarded damages for that.
Today, sexting is a relatively modern phenomenon, and it takes victims of sexual abuse many years to come forward. This is why we can suggest that such cases are just emerging. Nowadays, social media like Snapchat and WhatsApp had become the key forum for sex offenders to groom victims.
The recent court ruling in the United Kingdom emerged as a group of MPs and peers called to adapt crime recording rules so children are not routinely criminalized for sexting, pointing out that weaknesses in how police log cases risk leaving youngsters sending explicit images of themselves with a criminal record or having their details added to police databases.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
|posted by (2015-12-02 15:48:06)|
|The issue is not compensation, it's lack of responsibility! What do expect when you send naked pic's, pure foolishness.|
|In our screwed up world they will send em out on Friday and Sue someone on Monday. And as normal the big winners will be the lawyers.||
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