Friday, 18 December 2020
Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Committee and Remaining Stages
This is the first time I have spoken today on the Bill. I very much welcome the legislation. To follow up on the comments of my colleagues, the legislation that is being brought before the House is unique; there has been nothing like it before. It is fantastic to see it being brought in to tackle the current problems with image-based sexual violence and the sharing of intimate images. The Minister of State mentioned that a report will be compiled after one year and a review will be carried out after three years. As has been pointed out, the section relating to harassment has been removed from the Bill. Harassment comes in many different forms. Unfortunately, many of those present have had to deal with some of the consequences of harassment. I have listened to the stories of my colleagues. I echo the call of the Leader for feedback on what will be done in terms of harassment and what the Minister may be able to bring to us.