New Scottish laws focus on those text and picture messages and emails which seek to humiliate the receiver - the sender of such missives now faces up to 10 years in prison. The ruling places a whole new level of protection to the vulnerable in both the workplace and elsewhere.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill was quoted as declaring that the new Bill on sexual offences is a "once in a generation" document.
According to the Register website, the offence will, "be committed if someone sends an unsolicited text message to someone else which a court finds was designed to give the sender sexual gratification or to humiliate, distress or alarm the receiver."
This extends to ‘forcing' someone to see or hear offensive material. This could relate to a scanned image or text from a third-party publication or sound snippet from a video, for example.
The Scottish Law Commission's Colin Tyre told The Scotsman newspaper that, "We wanted to make sure all forms of communication were covered by a single law. Sending offensive e-mails in the workplace has become more common, as have text messages."
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