VICTIM OF REVENGE PORN?


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What is Revenge Porn?

According to EndRevengePorn.org and CyberCivilRights.org, revenge porn is defined as “A form of sexual assault that involves the distribution of nude/sexually explicit photos and/or videos of an individual without their consent. Revenge porn, sometimes called cyber-rape or non-consensual pornography, is usually posted by a scorned ex-lover or friend, in order to seek revenge after a relationship has gone sour.” The act of someone distributing private, sexually explicit images and/or videos without your consent can be devastating.

If you have become a victim of revenge porn, there are some steps that you can take to protect yourself. First and foremost, do not blame yourself. If someone posted your private images or videos without your consent, it is NOT your fault. We know the situation can be devastating but there are ways to fight back.

Social Media

Sometimes your social media profile link will be added to a revenge porn post. This allows strangers to contact you directly through your social media accounts. Often times, a victim’s immediate response is to shut down all social media. Please don’t do that unless absolutely necessary. Because revenge porn sites have a lot of content, they usually rank high in the search engines. If you deactivate your social media profiles, someone searching your name in the search engines will likely only see the “negative” search results, the revenge porn posts. That means that a potential employer or current employer will have a better chance of seeing the revenge porn post, rather than your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other “positive” social media profiles.

Instead of deleting your social media accounts, we suggest that you set those to private so that only people already connected to you will be able to contact you. We also suggest that you protect your “Friends List” on Facebook so that the perpetrator or visitors of the revenge porn sites will not be able contact your friends and family. Yes, it does happen and it can be scary so it is best to secure your social media profiles so that it doesn’t happen to you.

Make a Police Report

We suggest that all victims of revenge porn go to the police station and file a report. If law enforcement personnel try to send you away, demand to speak to someone else. Don’t take no for an answer. You need to document this type of abuse. REVENGEĀ  PORN IS ABUSE. Be sure to keep all records such as text messages, emails, and any other type of correspondence from the perpetrator. If you are in a state or region where revenge porn is still legal, you should still consider going to the authorities. We know of situations where the police were able charge the perpetrator with harassment or other related crimes. Be sure to visit EndRevengePorn.org to check out their interactive map. The map shows which states have passed a law against revenge porn, as well as states where laws have been proposed. The map also shows the states that have not yet taken action to protect their residents.

If you are in a state where the law against revenge porn is in place, please print out the law and take it to the police station when you go to file your report. These laws are still new so to avoid getting the run around, it is best to have the law printed and in your hands when you visit the police station. Carrie Goldberg, a trusted New York attorney, put together a list of states that currently have revenge porn laws. You can check that out by visiting the link on her website atĀ http://www.cagoldberglaw.com/states-with-revenge-porn-laws.

Are You An Underage Victim of Revenge Porn?

If you are a victim of revenge porn and you are currently underage, please contact us. We are committed to offering FREE services to all underage victims so please don’t be afraid to reach out to us. Remember that you have nothing to be ashamed of and that everything you share with us will be confidential. We are here to help you.

Remove Your Images From the Web

Some sites make it very easy for you to contact them to have your images taken off of their sites. Most sites related to revenge porn do not make it easy. The WARP (Women Against Revenge Porn) website has some very helpful information about how to file a DMCA takedown yourself. Go to womenagainstrevengeporn.com and click “Photo Removal” on their site’s menu. There you will find a template for a DMCA Notice as well as some contact information for some of the biggest offenders of revenge porn sites. Alternately, you may be able to find contact information for the site owner by searching the domain name on DomainTools.com. Remember, you want to contact the site owner and the host, not the “registrar” shown on the whois info listed.

If you need our help in removing your images from an offending site, please use the contact form below. You do not have to provide your real name on the contact form. Our friendly staff are standing by to help you remove the content. Once the contact inquiry is received, please allow 24 hours for us to get back with you.

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