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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a change in law, which will help protect predominantly women and girls.

‘Cyberflashing’, the sending of unsolicited sexual images, will become a criminal offence with perpetrators facing up to two years in prison. The change will be made as part of the new Online Safety Bill.

Research showed 76% of girls aged 12-18 had been sent unsolicited nude images of boys or men.

Commissioner John Campion said “What is unacceptable in our communities must be unacceptable online also. We mustn’t underestimate the impact these offences can have.

Anything which helps society, and women and girls in particular, feel safer is welcomed. The Government are making some much needed widespread reforms to make the internet safer for all. These changes support my work locally and are key in discouraging offensive behavior leading to a wider societal change where everyone can be and feel safer”