MORE than 14,700 people have now signed a petition to ensure anonymity for victims of revenge porn.

The petition has been running for less than a month and saw more than 5,000 people sign it in the first five days, and is now just days away from reaching the next milestone of 15,000 signatures.

Keeley Richards-Shaw, from Scarborough, was named in national newspapers after her ex-boyfriend Alex Brewer became the first person to be sentenced under new laws for sharing photos of her after their relationship ended. The photos had been taken without her knowledge.

She started the petition after Brewer was given a suspended sentence and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay more than £300 in costs, and while local newspapers did not name Miss Richards-Shaw, national newspapers and other media named her and published her Facebook profile picture to illustrate their story.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner, helped launch the petition, and wrote to Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Bob O'Neill, chair of the Justice Select Committee calling for meetings to discuss the issue.

She said: "By attracting almost 14,000 signatures already it is clear the public are behind the campaign and believe, like Keeley and I do, that the law needs to change. The campaign's success to date is a great tribute to Keeley who has been brave enough to talk openly about her experiences.

"It’s clear that victims of revenge porn deserve legal protection and it's unfair and wrong that they can be named and pictured in the media. Our campaign won’t stop until the Government takes action. The scale of support shows we have overwhelming backing and that people see the unfairness of the law as it currently stands.

"We are continuing to call for a face to face meeting with the Secretary of State Michael Gove and look forward to the opportunity of setting out our case to him."

To sign the petition or find out more about the campaign, go to or follow the hashtag #NoMoreNaming on Twitter.