Thursday, 17 December 2020
Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has been calling for a law to criminalise images of sexual abuse for years. It must be welcome that there has been a fine scrutiny of this Bill on Committee Stage, and amendments are always welcome to strengthen the Bill. I welcome the Minister of State's acceptance of amendment No. 5 which allows us to stand over the final legislation. It is vitally important that all victims' experiences are taken into account when dealing with this issue. We cannot continue to have a situation where the lack of an effective law criminalising online harassment allows abusers, trolls and stalkers to go unpunished. We must protect victims and we must punish the perpetrators.