‘We back Keeley’s Law’

Julia Mulligan and Keeley Richards with the petition that they are taking to London seen on York station.Pic : Nigel Holland

Julia Mulligan and Keeley Richards with the petition that they are taking to London seen on York station.Pic : Nigel Holland

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Thousands of people have backed Scarborough mum Keeley Richards-Shaw’s fight to stop naming and shaming revenge porn victims.

In just over three days, nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Government to implement what’s been dubbed ‘Keeley’s Law’.

In proposals initially championed by The Scarborough News, she is calling for the Government to close a loophole which allows the media to publish the name and pictures of revenge porn victims.

Her case has been taken up by Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan, who has vowed to keep campaigning until the law is changed.

“The public are really getting behind the campaign and that’s a great tribute to Keeley who has been brave enough to talk openly about her experiences.”

The teaching assistant’s ex-partner Alec Brewer was the first person sentenced nationally under new revenge porn laws, after he shared sordid pictures of Keeley without her consent.

The Scarborough News can exclusively reveal police are now probing Brewer again over allegations that he breached his restraining order.

A police spokesman said: “Clearly, we take any such reports extremely seriously.

“An investigation is ongoing and the reportee is being kept updated.”

But with support for the petition growing - including an endorsement from TV presenter Anna Richardson - the commissioner said she won’t stop until the Government take action.

“The scale of support shows we have overwhelming backing and that people see the unfairness of the law as it currently stands,” said Mrs Mulligan.

“Victims of revenge porn deserve the same legal protection as victims of other types of sexual assault.

“We will continue our campaign until the law changes.”

Mum-of-one Keeley, 31, thanked The Scarborough News for championing the law change when the campaign - called #NoMoreNaming - was launched last week.

She added: “I want this law changed so nobody else suffers.”

To sign please visit https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/change-the-law-no-more-naming-of-revenge-porn-victims