Revenge Porn: The Low-Down on Your Rights

Revenge Porn: The Low-Down on Your Rights

Have you ever heard of revenge porn? We hope you’ve never had to experience it because it can be pretty damn ruthless.

Let’s take a look back at 2007: Steve Jobs released the 1st iPhone, Britney had a year-long breakdown, Drew Carey took over hosting duties of The Price Is Right, and the term “sexting” made it into the dictionary. From this point forth commutation drastically changed.

Camera phones and the internet allowed the end of relying on words to tell our significant others what we wanted to do to them and allowed for us to SHOW them instead. We learned the amazing power of snapping pictures of our naked bods and quickly sending them; closely following this epiphany of sorts, we learned that there can be some negative (sometimes long-term) repercussions.

We want to help you ensure you dodge these terrible occurrences, or have the proper tools to deal with them should they arise.

Key Word? Consent 

Your once-personal image is now out there for anyone to see; AKA your mom, grandparents, dog, friends, employers. Your body is yours. Point blank. What you choose to do with it should be your choice, and only yours.

Your Photo Got Leaked? Two Steps:

1) document, document, document

2) get it taken down

No matter how sad/mad you are, the evidence of what was done to you must be preserved. We know you probably don’t want to think about it or look at it more than needed, but you MUST act fast.

How to Save it??

  • Save the page as a PDF(s) or take screenshots
  • Print out any and everything associated and keep them in a safe location
  • If there if it’s a video, download the entire video and save it

Get it Down

Contact the web host and demand the images be removed. The website needs to be put on notice that you are taking legal action and that you are requesting that they provide you with, or preserve, the relevant material and information regarding the poster and his or her IP address. The reason this is crucial is that some websites may not keep data for very long, and the proper notification may save evidence that would be essential at trial.

Thanks, James Healy, an associate attorney at Sullivan Brill, LLP who originally wrote the info above for the Huffington Post.

Know Your Legal Rights

FYI: your rights are different by state. 34 States currently have laws surrounding revenge porn. If you are using a legal aid, make sure they are familiar with your specific state’s regulations.

The MAIN rule? Always look out for #1 (YOU). If you feel unsure about sending a photo or appearing in a video, trust your gut. If you feel like someone isn’t handling your photos with kindness and care, ask! You own your body, all images of it are your property as well. It’s tragic that these circumstances even exist, but they do, so we have to be aware of them.

Protect yourselves, babes.

 

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