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UK: Cyber-bullies could face two years of jail

Conservative MP Angie Bray.
An amendment to the criminal justice bill is discussed today in the English parliament, this change, backed by the justice secretary Chris Grayling and proposed by the Conservative MP for Ealing Central and Acton Angie Bray, would make "make life just a bit harder for cyber-bullies and sex pests using texts to harass victims", as Bray herself stated on Twitter.

This important amendment, if passed, will give more time to the authorities in order to build the case against offenders and would set penalties up to two years in jail in case of Internet and mobile phone sexual and verbal abuse.

The proposition has raised after one of Bray's constituents has lamented her young daughter had been sexually bullied with inappropriate texts by an older man, but it comes after a string of public bullying situations, one of the victims is feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez who has been threatened of violence and rape after the start of a campaign and two suicides committed by two really young girls, Tallulah Wilson and Hannah Smith, 15 and 14 years old.

We hope this amendment can serve as example to other Countries, in fact it is no secret the statistics concerning suicides caused by abuse, be it bullying or cyber-bullying, are alarming in many Nation which, unfortunately, have any legislation at all concerning such offends. 

What can you tell us about your Country? Is your government working to protect bullying victims?



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