State Secretary for Youth Affairs Claudia Plakolm (ÖVP) wants to punish the unsolicited sending of “Dick Pics” – or penis photos. “Harassment is harassment wherever it happens,” she said in a statement. What is illegal in real life should also have consequences on the internet. In Germany there is already a corresponding paragraph.
“Anyone who allows pornographic content to reach someone else (sic) without being asked to do so will be punished with imprisonment for up to one year or a fine,” says Section 184 of the German Penal Code.
Forwarding punishable, not sending
In Austria, only forwarding the photos, but not sending them, is currently a punishable offence. Numerous women have been affected: More than 40 percent of female millennials have received an unsolicited penis photo at least once, the broadcast cites a 2018 YouGov Institute study.
A special website ungefrage.at created by the Federal Chancellery – which also features pixelated “Dick Pics” – now requires a separate paragraph in section 218 of the Criminal Code, which covers sexual harassment and sexual acts in public.