- 1 in 10 Brits don’t ever intend to delete intimate photos of an ex-partner
- Almost two fifths of millennials keep intimate photos for over a month post-breakup
- Londoners are one of the most likely to keep intimate photos after a split
- Those who earn £45-£55k are most likely to keep intimate photos after a split
Most of us are familiar with the term ‘revenge porn’, or ‘image-based sexual abuse’ – a punishable crime where intimate photos are shared online without consent. But currently there are no laws when it comes to the storing of images that were once sent consensually. In these situations, it becomes paramount to turn to our morals. So, where do we stand as a nation on the matter?
Specialist lawyers Bolt Burdon Kemp surveyed the UK, with expert commentary from Emily McFadden, Associate Solicitor in the Abuse team, on what to do if someone has your images, and you want to know your rights.
The average length of time for keeping an intimate photo is 8 months post-breakup
The survey asked Brits if they had ever received an intimate photo of a partner, and out of those that had, almost 4 in 10 (39%) confessed to keeping an intimate photo post-breakup.
- Almost 4 in 10 Brits have kept an intimate photo of a partner after a split
- Almost 4 in 10 (39%) have kept it for over a month
- 1 in 10 revealed they don’t intend to delete the photo at all
The results also revealed that 1.4 million Brits ‘don’t know’ whether they have kept an intimate photo or not, insinuating an educational need for either what constitutes this, or why we should care.
Men are more likely to hold on to intimate photos of an ex-partner than women
Almost half of men (46%) that have received an intimate photo have kept it post-breakup
- Over 1 in 10 men (13%) have kept it for up to 1 month
- One third (33%) of men have kept it over a month
- Over 1 in 10 (11%) do not intend to delete these images
On the other hand, only one third (32%) of women who have received an intimate photo have kept it post-breakup.
- 7% have kept it for up to 1 month
- One quarter (25%) of women have kept it over a month
- Almost 1 in 10 (9%) do not intend to delete these images
Millennials are the most likely age group to keep intimate photos of an ex-partner
Looking at those that are most likely to keep intimate photos by age, it seems that those aged between 25-34 have a harmful habit of holding onto these photos.
- Almost half of millennials (47%) confess to holding onto intimate photos of an ex.
- A third (33%) of millennials keep intimate photos for over one month post-breakup.
However, those aged between 45-55+ are the most likely to say they don’t intend on deleting these intimate photos at all, with over 1 in 10 saying this about their ex-partner’s pictures.
Over half of Londoners have kept intimate photos of an ex-partner after a split
Our study also revealed those regions where people were most likely to keep an intimate photo post-breakup.
- West Midlands (57%) and London (55%) came out on top, with North West England (46%) following behind.
- Almost 4 in 10 Londoners (38%) have kept these photos for over one month, with over 1 in 10 (11%) confessing to keeping them for over 6 months.
- Those least likely to keep any intimate photos post-breakup were Wales (10%), Scotland (23%) and the South East of England (27%).
- Interestingly, 9 in 10 Welsh people have never kept an intimate photo, and the 1 in 10 that did have only done so for up to one month.
- Worryingly, almost 2 in 10 people in the North East of England (18%) say they have no intentions of deleting intimate photos of their ex.
Higher earners are more likely to keep intimate photos of an ex-partner
Of those that have received intimate photos, there is generally an upwards trajectory of those who earn more money being more likely to keep the photo. The highest group was those that earn over £45k.