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Can I get Compensation for Deep Fake Pornography?

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Can I get Compensation for Deep Fake Pornography?

Much has been written about the advances in digital technology and its benefits but, perhaps, less consideration to the negatives, and to what action can be taken to stop deep fake pornography and whether compensation, financial redress, is available to those who are affected by the harm caused. Financial compensation is available to those who suffer psychological harm.

It is not just celebrities, such as Natalie Dormer, Emma Watson, Natalie Portman and Gal Gadot who have been subject to deep fake videos but also those less in the limelight, such as Helen Mort, a poet.

How do we stop Deep Fake Pornography?

Action needs to be taken by the British government to tighten up the laws to make it a criminal offence for individuals and companies to manipulate images of individuals, whether celebrities or not, to deter those who seek to exploit others for their own sexual and financial gratification.

Deep Fake Videos are not victimless

It may be easy to see this as a victimless crime, where no one gets hurt, seen only as the innocent manipulation of photographic images and videos. However, the story of Helen Mort shows deep fake pornography can cause considerable harm to the individual who has been exploited. She says that images of herself were taken from her social media account and included photographs of while she was pregnant and on holiday. They had been manipulated to produce deep fake pornography.

Helen said, “"This is a crime which in many cases is going on invisibly. Those images of me had been out there for years and I didn't know about them, and I'm still having nightmares about some of them now. It's an incredibly serious form of abuse."

"You go through different phases with things like this," she said. "There was one point where I was just trying to laugh about the almost ridiculous nature of some of it.”

What is the Compensation for Deep Fake Pornography for?

Compensation is available for those who suffer psychological harm as a result of another person’s inappropriate behaviour. The level of compensation will depend upon the consequences of the harm. Whilst no amount of money can make up for the hurt, compensation for deep fake pornography can be used to gain access to specialist mental health support to address the consequences of deep fake pornography, such as the symptoms experienced by Helen.

Those symptoms are significant. She said, “the underlying feeling was shock and actually I initially felt quite ashamed, as if I'd done something wrong. That was quite a difficult thing to overcome. And then for a while I got incredibly anxious about even leaving the house." Understandably, she also talks about being frightened, devastated, paranoid and ashamed by what she experienced. As a consequence of her terrible experience she has now launched a petition to make deep fake pornography illegal.

Claiming Compensation for Deep Fake Pornography

If you would like any advice on pursuing a claim for compensation for any form of sexual harm, whether sexual abuse in childhood, sexual assault as an adult, revenge porn or deep fake pornography, we can help.

If you want to make a deep fake pornography compensation claim it is sensible to seek legal advice as soon as possible, to ensure a claim is made within the appropriate time limit and also to meet other conditions that will apply to pursuing a claim for compensation.

We specialise in helping victim survivors of sexual harm and therefore if you would like advice on pursuing a compensation claim, telephone us on 0333 123 9099, email at enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk, or use the online enquiry form.

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