Revenge porn is a form of digital abuse where one or more sexually explicit photographs or videos of a person are posted or shared online without permission. The intimate photograph of the victim was likely taken by herself and shared to an ex or it was taken by someone else like an ex-spouse or ex-partner. It is also very likely that the photograph or video was stolen from the victim’s personal computer by a hacker.
What to do if you are victim of revenge porn
There are sites that host nude and sexual photos, usually of women that were posted by an ex. Aside from the photos, the site includes the woman’s personal information including links to a Facebook account and nasty comments. Although most revenge porn sites have been closed in response to lawsuits and prosecutions, new sites sprout like mushroom all over the web. They often pick out images that have been widely distributed online. It is very difficult to have the sexually explicit images removed completely from the internet even if they have been successfully removed from one site.
It is a criminal offense to knowingly publish or distribute an intimate image of another person without his or her consent. If you are a victim of revenge porn, you can consult with a civil defence lawyer to take action and have the photos or video removed from the internet.
An example is revenge porn site UGotPosted that lost its immunity when it was sued in California. The first line of defence that is frequently used by revenge porn sites is they have the immunity or protection from prosecution for content that was posted by a third party. This means that the site is just a conduit and is not responsible for what its users post. However, the appellate court found out that the developer is involved in curating the photos and information on the site.
Legal help is provided by MyDefence to victims of revenge porn. State laws may vary but victims have the chance to recover monetary damages for the harm to the emotions and reputation, statutory damages and punitive damages. There are civil lawyers who are particularly experienced and knowledgeable with this aspect of law.