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Cyberflashing unpunished in Scotland

As new stats reveal that 95% of cyberflashing reports in Scotland do not result in a

conviction, Clare McGlynn points out the flaws in Scots law and calls on England not to

repeat the same mistakes.

In Scotland cyberflashing is punishable under Section 6 of the Sexual Offences Act, which

makes it illegal to “coerce a person into looking at a sexual image”. It was designed to

combat grooming but, having been drafted broadly, it “just so happens to now cover

cyberflashing”, McGlynn said. There has been a steady rise in people reporting offences

under Section 6 but few resulted in conviction.

McGlynn said the thresholds for prosecution were too high and that Westminster politicians

were set to follow Scotland which she argued was mistake.

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