Seanad debates

Friday, 18 December 2020

Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Committee and Remaining Stages


10:00 am

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Will the Minister of State explain to me what the legislation means by the words "anytime within two years from the date on which the offence was committed"? On the face of it, I agree with amendment No. 21, if my understanding is that the date the offence was committed is the date that someone sold an image to Pornhub rather than the date I found out my image was on Pornhub. In the view of the Minister of State and the Department, is the law based on when is the date the offence was committed? It is easy for us to define this from an image posting perspective. When is the date? We now understand that someone can be harassing me but in this new law what if I do not know about it until I do know about it? When is the date of the criminal offence? Is it the date when the person posts about me on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or TikTok? Is it the day that I find out and it causes the harm, psychologically or otherwise, to me?


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