Archive for: June, 2015

500 Adelaide women fall victim to US ‘revenge porn’ site

Almost 500 Adelaide women and teenagers have fallen victim to a US website which has shared nude, risqué and revealing photos of them without their permission.

It’s believed the photos used on the site were being displayed and offered for download without permission.

The website allows users to view photos of ‘Adelaide chicks’ in various states of undress.

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News Corp reports the victims were told ‘you cannot do anything to stop us’ by site users and the moderators say they are exempt from South Australian law because they are based in the United States.

The women whose photos were used on the site, claim their images were stolen from private social media accounts or shared as ‘revenge porn’ by former partners.

The photos began appearing on the website earlier this year after a user started a call out thread on a message board requesting to trade his photos with others.

Less than a month later the user declared they more than 500 images and were seeking more.

“It’s really been me doing 90 per cent of the work collecting new content, organizing folders, killing duplicates, merging archives,” the user wrote.

“This has been my latest project … I didn’t take all the pics myself or anything but I did go through every single thread and save nearly every image myself.”

The victims became aware of the site and its existence through Facebook and other social media and have since demanded for it to be taken down.

The users have ignored their plea.

Police have issued a warning to women to think of the long-term effects of uploading images to the Internet and texting nude photos.

A police spokesman told News Corp the long-term effects of an uploaded image or text can have long-term psychological effects on both the sender and those receiving.

“The social ramifications for students involved in these matters can cause embarrassment both now and into the future,” the spokesman said.

“This can also cause further damage to reputation when applying for employment.” the rest

US woman pursues ex-boyfriend in landmark UK revenge-porn action

An American woman is aiming to make legal history in England as the first person to seek both a civil action for damages and the criminal prosecution of a former partner she accuses of posting revenge pornography of her on the internet.

Speaking exclusively in a Guardian documentary on her search for justice, Chrissy Chambers, 24, claims that her ex-boyfriend recorded them having sex without her knowledge and subsequently posted the footage on an amateur porn site without her consent. The man, whom the Guardian has chosen not to name, is British and Chambers alleges he posted the footage while in England, which has led her to seek legal recourse in the UK.

Chambers was 18 when she suggested to her then-boyfriend that the couple take a break from the relationship. “The day that I suggested we take a break, he suggested that we have an evening of drinking,” she said.

Chambers claims she became extremely intoxicated while her ex-boyfriend remained much more sober, and says she has no memory of him having sex with her that night. “He also proceeded to film it, and didn’t tell me.”

The videos were uploaded more than a year after their break-up. They continued to be circulated online while Chambers, unaware they existed, began a relationship with her current partner, Bria Kam, with whom she has forged a successful career on YouTube as one of the site’s most popular content providers.

Their channel, BriaAndChrissy, has nearly half a million subscribers, and their videos have been viewed over 70m times. It was through comments left on the channel that Chambers first became aware the videos allegedly made by her ex-partner existed.

Chrissy Chambers says a video of her having sex was made without her knowledge. Photograph: Youtube

Chrissy Chambers says a video of her having sex was made without her knowledge. Photograph: Youtube

“We had these 14-year-old girls that we’ve been trying to inspire writing [to] us and saying: ‘I had so much respect for you and now you’re a porn star. You’re such a slut. How could I respect you?’”

As well as causing her distress, Chambers says the videos have led to significant losses of subscribers – and consequently thousands of dollars of lost income – from her YouTube channels. The videos had already been online for two years, garnering tens of thousands of views, and had been shared on 35 separate pornography sites.

Ann Olivarius, the lawyer representing Chambers, told the Guardian: “You have to be able to go after money damages in a civil context to be able to try to stop this problem. Money is the currency of how we achieve justice, that’s the measurement.”

Olivarius previously made fighting for women’s rights as part of the team that coined the term “date rape” and is aware of the challenges that Chambers faces in pursuing legal action.

In April, the so-called revenge-porn law was introduced in England and Wales making it an offense to distribute a private sexual image of someone without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress. But the new law cannot be applied in Chambers’s case as the videos in question were posted several years ago. Any  in her case would be forced to rely on a raft of older laws, including the Malicious Communications Act, and the legal requirements of these laws struggle to fit in with the act of uploading.

Furthermore, civil claims for damages are difficult to bring. Victims of revenge pornography are unable to sue for defamation, as although the images and videos posted of them might be damaging, they depict events that really happened and therefore do not qualify as “false statements”.

“We will take this case as far as the law allows,” Olivarius said. “We know what has to get done, we know this is wrong, we know that society should not tolerate this, it’s not acceptable behaviour, but still they get away with it all the time.”

Chambers gave an official statement to the Metropolitan police in April in the hope that criminal proceedings can be brought against her former partner. She is waiting to hear whether charges can be brought. Chambers knows that, if successful, hers will be a landmark case. But she’s aware of how difficult the task ahead will be for her. “I can’t imagine what it’s like for someone who feels the same as me and doesn’t have all of this team behind them,” she said. “What they have now is not enough. It’s just not enough. And it’s ruining people’s lives.”

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Revenge porn: Law needs to catch up to technology, legislator says

Revenge porn: Law needs to catch up to technology, legislator says Press
When it comes to “revenge porn,” the law needs to catch up to technology, a state legislator says. A recent Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling, dismissing a criminal case, said existing laws don’t address the emerging cybercrime. So Minnesota Rep.
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