Archive for: June, 2016

Push to bring ‘revenge porn’ to an end

Push to bring 'revenge porn' to an endThe Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, is hoping to bring ‘revenge porn’ to an end by introducing an online complaints mechanism for victims.

The mechanism aims to confront angry partners who use technology and social media to share intimate images of former spouses.

The move will be funded from the existing $100 million allocation in the budget.

“Sexual violence is a heinous crime and revenge porn is a grave violation of a person’s freedom,” Senator Cash said.

In April, three Melbourne teenagers were victims of revenge porn.

According to Fairfax, 18-year-old Jess Treloar-Walker, was horrified to find nude photos of herself had been shared on a revenge porn Facebook page.

She said she felt she’d been promoted as a “sex toy”.

“He pretty much just said that I deserved to be exposed. It’s their way of getting back at us,” she said.

“I was so confused, I hadn’t done anything wrong by him. It was so disgusting, I was so angry.”

It is understood images of the victims were taken from Snapchat, some were stolen and videos had been taken ‘mid-act’.

Photo and images were previously being shared to a hidden Facebook page called ‘Melbourne Men’s Society’, which reportedly had 7000 members and another 4500 awaiting approval.

The group has since been shut down.

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Hillary Clinton Just Promised to Take on Revenge Porn

Hillary Clinton vows to take on revenge porn if electedIt’s not a topic typically discussed on the presidential campaign trail, but Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that if she were elected President, she would do whatever she could to help fight revenge porn.

Clinton was hosting a live-streamed town hall on Tuesday and taking questions from YouTube stars and other online content creators when she was asked a question about the topic, according to New York magazine.

YouTube star Chrissy Chambers, who has spoken publicly about being a victim of revenge porn, said, “In 2015 I came out as one of the first public figures who was a victim of revenge porn… And ever since have been trying to pursue justice for myself as well as other victims.”

Chrissy told The Guardian in an interview that when she was 18, her then-boyfriend assaulted her and filmed the pair having sex while she was extremely intoxicated. Chrissy didn’t remember the encounter and wasn’t aware that he filmed it until a year after they broke up, when he allegedly uploaded the video to porn sites.

By the time the video began circulating, Chrissy had already created a successful YouTube channel with her new love, Bria, and when their fans discovered the video they began angrily commenting on YouTube, calling Chrissy a “slut,” she told The Guardian. Chrissy is suing her ex-boyfriend in England, where he allegedly uploaded the video, which now has revenge porn laws on the books.

Chrissy asked Clinton what she would do to ensure that justice can be pursued for survivors of that sort of harassment. While the former First Lady was a bit startled by the inquiry at first, she quickly composed herself and acknowledged that negativity can be rampant online and noted that she was “Exhibit A.”

“I will do everything I can as president, to try and figure out how we can give victims like you, the tools you need, and the rest of society should support, to be able to protect yourself and by doing so, protect others,” Clinton responded.

The presumptive Democratic nominee then thanked Chrissy for her bravery in speaking out on the difficult topic.

Currently, 34 states have laws that deal with revenge porn in some manner, but there is still no federal law criminalizing it. A president who’s committed to tackling all forms of online bullying could offer significant weight to the fight to protect victims of this sort of crime.
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Man pleads guilty to internet stalking after posting nude pictures of his ex online

SAN ANTONIO – A man plead guilty to an internet stalking charge after posting nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend online.

62-year-old Mark Joseph Uhlenbrock plead guilty to internet stalking after photos of his ex-girlfriend appeared on myex.com and other websites without her consent.

Uhlenbrock admitted that during his relationship with the victim, he caused emotional distress to the victim.

In August 2015, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Uhlenbrock’s resident and seized computers that held nude photos of the victim and bookmark links to sites where the photos were posted.

Uhlenbrock faces up to five years in federal prison.

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Threatening to circulate revenge porn could be criminalized across Britain

New laws have been proposed for England and Wales that would criminalize not only the circulation of revenge porn, but also threatening to circulate it. The definition of what constitutes revenge porn could also be expanded.

This level of criminalization is already in force in Scotland, and Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael believes that the rest of Britain should follow suit. If adopted, the proposed change would see revenge porn threats seen in much the same light as other forms of blackmail.

Scottish law already makes it an offense to share, or threaten to share, intimate images and videos. Anyone contravening the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill faces a potential sentence of two years.

Carmichael has also proposed that the types of sexual video and images covered by revenge porn laws be widened. He wants the definition to include not only ‘exposed genitals’, but also footage of ‘breast and buttocks’. The proposals will be debated and voted upon this week.

The proposed changes have been put forward not just to bring England and Wales in line with Scotland, but also to try to do something about the small number of convictions that have been made under existing laws. Carmichael has already put forward amendments that would give revenge porn victims the benefit of anonymity. He said:

“We must act to do everything we can to empower victims to come forward. That is why I have tabled a raft of amendments to strengthen the law and ensure that victims aren’t left suffering in silence. I hope to get the support from MPs across the house and hope that the government agrees with me that more must be done to help and support victims of this horrific act.”
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Even threatening to circulate revenge porn could be criminalized across Britain

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15 year old commits suicide over nude snapchat video

15-year-old kills herself after nude Snapchat video circulates

On Sunday afternoon, a 15-year-old freshmen at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, Florida, committed suicide after her friends, using Snapchat, recorded a nude video of her while she was in the shower. The teen’s mother Levon Holton-Teamer said that she had sent her daughter Tovonna to clean her room, but that when she went to check on her minutes later, she made a chilling discovery. “I go to the bathroom; I couldn’t get in the bathroom. The bathroom light was off so I tried to get in and I looked down and I saw the puddle of blood. I tried to apply the pressure, the pressure to her head. I tried to save her,” a distraught Holton-Teamer told a local TV station on Wednesday. Tovonna had removed the gun from her mother’s purse and used it to fatally shoot herself. She died hours later.

Holton-Teamer said that earlier that day her daughter had told her she was worried about a nude photo her friends had taken of her without her permission. After Tovonna shot herself, her aunt, Angel Scott, took to Facebook in search of answers. “I just said, ‘If anybody knows anything, what happened?’ … I thought it was just pictures and then the kids started inboxing me. Everybody was out there talking about her and calling her names.”

Detectives from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case, and Tovonna’s family say they intend to seek justice. “I want them to pay, to feel what we’re feeling. Even if their child is convicted or in trouble, they can go visit their child,” said Scott. A photo of Tovonna, together with the hashtag #stopbullying, is being shared by supporters of the family on social media in order to raise awareness to the traumatic outcomes that bullying can bring about.

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