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Revenge porn laws ‘not fit for purpose’ says UK crime commissioner

VICTIMS of revenge porn are suffering in silence in the UK, new research has claimed. Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan commissioned an anonymous survey of 92 victims who were asked about their experiences. Only 4% successfully prosecuted their offender, 76% did not report their crime to the police. 75% of those who responded said they did not tell anyone as they felt embarrassed or ashamed, and 90% said they would have reported it to the police if they were assured of anonymity. Mrs Mulligan said the report showed “stark and irrefutable” evidence that “the government, police and criminal justice system are collectively failing victims of revenge porn”. She said: “With just 4% of victims who responded to our survey achieving a successful prosecution, there is no question in my mind – the law is not fit for purpose. “The lack of anonymity is key to victims concerns and…

Just 12 revenge porn convictions in Birmingham and Black Country – despite hundreds of potential victims

  Just 12 people were convicted of sharing revenge porn in the West Midlands last year. It became a criminal offense to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress in April 2015, but numbers of prosecutions and convictions resulting from the new law are still low. The founder of a helpline for victims, which is receiving thousands of calls each year, said poor responses from police, as well as victims fearing reprisals or people finding out, may be behind the low number of convictions nationally. In the West Midlands police force area, there were 13 prosecutions for revenge porn in 2017, leading to 12 convictions. This was down from 24 prosecutions and 22 convictions in 2016. Of those prosecuted in 2017, five were men aged 25 or over, three were men aged 21 to 24, one was a man aged 18 to 20, one was a…

Over 200,000 sign petition calling for heavier punishment of ‘revenge porn’

  The presidential office is expected to announce its stance on revenge porn as more than 200,000 people have signed an online petition calling for heavier penalties for the crime.More than 214,000 Koreans have signed a petition titled “Please put revenge porn offenders in jail,” posted on the Cheong Wa Dae website last Thursday. The presidential office is required to issue a formal response if an online petition on its website garners more than 200,000 signatures in 30 days. “Over the several decades since revenge porn crimes first became known, none of the offenders have gone to jail, and victims have killed themselves due to sickening secondary damage and attacks such as ‘you should have been careful,’” the petitioner wrote. (Yonhap) A debate over revenge porn swept the internet with recent reports that singer-turned-actor Goo Ha-ra and her ex-boyfriend had assaulted each other, and that the young man had later…

Valley born anti-revenge porn group BADASS turns one

  A group of local women who have given advice to Facebook, butted heads with Google and have helped thousands of victims of image abuse – more commonly known as revenge porn – are celebrating the first anniversary of their organization. Battling Against Demeaning and Abusive Selfie Sharing – BADASS – began a year ago after founder Katelyn Bowden of Youngstown discovered intimate images of her had been posted to the internet without her consent after an ex-boyfriend’s phone was stolen. With little protection in terms of state legislation, the police couldn’t offer Bowden much help. Frustrated, she and BeLinda Berry, a friend whose images also were stolen and shared on the internet, began the nonprofit BADASS to help victims of image abuse fight back. By their first year, the group was responsible for having more than 9,000 images removed from the internet and identified more than 1,500 people who…

Facebook tackles revenge porn with professor’s help

  Psychologist Asia Eaton is helping Facebook in its fight against revenge porn. Eaton, other researchers, lawyers and victim advocates from around the world recently convened at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. to present the latest research and brainstorm solutions to help victims of online dating abuse, cyber harassment and non-consensual pornography or revenge porn. Non-consensual porn, or the distribution of sexually graphic images of individuals without their consent, is a form of sexual violence. According to Eaton, Facebook has become one of the main avenues for distribution of these images, so the network is taking initiative to reduce and prevent abuse. Psychologist Asia Eaton visited Facebook headquarters to share research on consequences of non-consensual pornography. “Facebook is trying to be proactive about protecting potential and actual victims of non-consensual porn on their platform,” Eaton said. “Unfortunately, a great number of cases of non-consensual porn have been perpetrated using…

How a mother and daughter team took down the self-described king of revenge porn

  Back in 2010, most people weren’t familiar with the term ‘revenge porn’. It hadn’t yet entered the pop culture lexicon, but over the next eight years it certainly would as everyone from high school students to A-List celebrities fell victim to one of the digital age’s biggest downsides. Arguably the first place the phenomenon was birthed was the website Is Anyone Up?, founded by Hunter Moore. The high school dropout, former band manager and sometimes DJ originally started the site as a type of chat forum, however, its specialty quickly shifted to revenge porn. As shown in the documentary Hunter Moore: The Revenge Pornographer the site soon exploded from a niche portal shared among scorned lovers, to something Moore claimed grew from 50 hits a day to 100,000. And then, millions. Yet it was one of Moore’s victims, Kayla Law, who realised something was off. Well, besides the fact…

Google extends revenge porn delisting policy to address fake content

  Google has always allowed people to request certain content, like a malicious website or copies of your contact information, to be removed from search results. The company already had a policy for removing private images or videos, but now it’s taking fake pornographic content more seriously. Google now has a support page dedicated to removing “involuntary fake pornography,” with instructions that people can follow to report said content. For a request to be accepted, the person reporting the content has to be the person depicted in the fake imagery. The company notes that this process only removes the requested content from Google search results, not from the sites actually hosting it. This updated policy is likely in response to the growing popularity of ‘deepfakes’ – sexual videos and images where someone’s face is substituted for another person’s (usually a celebrity). As the name might suggest, deepfakes are generated using…

Greiner: Revenge porn statute is constitutional

  Jack Greiner Published 11:14 a.m. ET Sept. 5, 2018 | Updated 11:14 a.m. ET Sept. 5, 2018 Jack Greiner, attorney for Graydon(Photo: Provided, Provided) On the list of negative consequences of the internet age, “revenge porn” has to rank high. For the unaware, revenge porn occurs when a former significant other posts intimate photos following a breakup. It is hurtful, invasive and any number of other adjectives. Many states (40 plus the District of Columbia) have enacted statutes to address the problem. But the question persists, are those statutes constitutional? Like it or not, the practice implicates the First Amendment. The most recent case to address the issue comes from an appellate court in Wisconsin. That court decided the Wisconsin statute is constitutional. The court concluded the statute was sufficiently narrow to survive the constitutional challenge. The case presented fairly typical facts. The defendant, Norris Culver, posted nude photos of a woman…

Utah man accused of posting revenge porn of East Idaho woman

  A Utah man is facing voyeurism charges after he allegedly created a fake Facebook profile of a 21-year-old East Idaho woman and posted nude photos of her. The victim told a Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office deputy in March 2016 that her ex-boyfriend, Curtis Robert Bauss, 25, had taken photos of them during sex with her knowledge. × Story continues below video The victim had the photos in her possession, but she told the deputy Bauss had taken them off her devices. Bauss then reportedly created a false Facebook account under the victim’s name and posted the pictures. The victim contacted Facebook, which removed the account. She said Bauss had also been harassing her with text messages. When the deputy attempted to contact Bauss, he texted the victim saying law enforcement had no jurisdiction where he was. The Facebook profile was recreated with the pictures a day after the deputy…

Discord strikes popular Final Fantasy 15 server over NSFW room

  Discord’s somewhat recent policy regarding not safe for work (NSFW) content, which often includes pornographic images or cartoons, has some gaming communities concerned about future sudden changes. Recent controversy sprung up after one popular, partnered Discord server dedicated to Final Fantasy XIV was issued a warning for an NSFW channel and lost its partner status as a result. Server members were reportedly sharing lolicon, a specific type of cartoon subgenre that depicts young girls participating in erotic acts or lewd behavior, and received a warning from Discord administrators. The email, which was uploaded to Reddit by user Eanae, instructed the Final Fantasy XIV server admins to remove the channel, as it violated the company’s terms of service for sharing digitally altered pornography that depicts minors. The server would be deleted otherwise. Eanae said they took action, but Discord refused to give them back their partner status. Partner status helps…