‘Revenge porn’ victim seeks new laws in Kansas, Missouri – KSNT (press release) (registration) (blog)

Revenge porn victim seeks new laws in Kansas and Missouri
Alecia Clemmons’ world changed after someone posted online naked pictures that her former husband had taken, along with her name and address.

The Kansas City-area woman had to move, get a new job and endure a torrent of abusive and sexually suggestive emails and messages.

Clemmons was “absolutely astounded,” to discover that what happened to her — called “revenge porn” — is not illegal in Kansas or Missouri, The Kansas City Star reported.

It’s illegal in both states to photograph people without their knowledge or to use compromising pictures for blackmail, but it is not illegal to make public pictures taken during an intimate relationship, even without the consent of the person pictured.

The single mother of two sons said that after she recovered from the initial humiliation, she decided to advocate for change. Clemmons testified last year in favor of bills in Kansas and Missouri that would criminalize “revenge porn,” but neither measure made it out of committee.

Rep. Stephanie Clayton, a Republican from Overland Park, Kansas, who introduced a revenge porn bill, said laws need to catch up with cellphone technology. She also said that some legislators still have an attitude that people who share those types of pictures deserve whatever they get.

Rep. Kevin Engler, a Republican from Farmington, proposed a similar bill in Missouri.

“It destroys lives,” he said. “It needs to be addressed.”

Clemmons said her life was turned upside down, having to endure aggressive emails and messages from “every scumbag in the world.”

“It was awful,” she said. “They said such grotesque things.”

She has met many other victims and started a Facebook group, “End Revenge Pornography Missouri & Kansas,” to educate the public. She said she is especially concerned after hearing stories of teenagers who committed suicide after they discovered their pictures were online.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have revenge porn laws.

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Inside the creepy world of revenge porn collectors

It’s an unpleasant rabbit hole to fall down.

Every day men around Queensland are posting and swapping naked, near-naked or sexually suggestive pictures of women online – even using dedicated message boards to request pictures of specific women.

It’s revenge porn mixed with online stalking and a twisted collectors’ sensibility: Pokemon for porn, you’ve “gotta catch ’em all”.
Messages from revenge porn sites. <em>Photo: supplied</em>

Fairfax Media has been combing some of these sites to try to understand the language and behaviour of the men who use them, and to empower women to be wary of what they do with intimate pictures.

Clear trends emerge while searching these sites, such as the use of the word “win” to mean a topless or nude picture.

Users also ask for pictures of women from specific regions – or specific women.

“Looking for any wins on girls from Cairns,” one user requests.

“I have a lot of nudes from the girls on the GC and Bris and I am willing to trade wins for wins especially of Rhiannon K,” another writes.

“Will give whole collection for Megan A or Sarah B from Calamvale or around there,” another user posts.

Users also ask for pictures of women from specific regions – or specific women. <em>Photo: supplied</em>

Users egg each other on to track down the most explicit pictures, which can also depict sex acts.

Some look for pictures of women they once went to school with.

“Browns Plains High nudes. Post all you got.”

“Let us hunt for other Bayside sluts!”

The label of “revenge porn” – intimate pictures posted without permission of the subject, often following a relationship breakup – doesn’t entirely capture the collect-and-swap nature of these creep sites, as the origin of the pictures is often murky.

Some are clearly intimate self-portraits taken for lovers. Some are screenshots taken from live video chat programs.

Some are professional or semi-professional glamour shots, possibly culled from online resumes for photographers and models.

Others still are more carefree and casual snapshots that have been taken from the subjects’ own social media accounts, particularly Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat.

They may have been sent by the subjects, or hacked and stolen by users.

What is clear is that these images are stored and used as sexual stimulation.

It is doubtful the majority of women featured in the pictures desired this outcome, however users remain unapologetic about sharing images far beyond where they were originally intended, saying the woman should not have posted it in the first place.

It’s understood some of these sites will remove pictures if they are reported as being of underaged girls.

Queensland police can only act on stolen or misappropriated pictures when a victim makes a complaint – but it’s likely many women would not even know their pictures had been abused in this way.

Publishing links to these creep sites would potentially allow women to see if their pictures were being distributed.

However the negative effects of potentially driving more users to the sites, exposing the women’s pictures further or even driving collector creeps onto the “deep web”, arguably pose a higher risk.

There are some in Australia pushing for laws to cover revenge porn, similar to what is starting to occur in the United States.

In the meantime it seems that as long as there are pictures of women, there will be men who exploit them.

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Revenge porn ban introduced in Springfield

— Illinois soon may take on one of the more malicious uses of the Web: Revenge porn.

The idea is to curb the major embarrassment people suffer when their scorned ex-boyfriends or girlfriends post raunchy photos and videos of their former partners as a way to get back at them.

A new proposal filed at the Capitol would make it illegal for people to take to the Internet with such content without consent. Sponsoring Sen. Michael Hastings likened the posting of such pictures after bad breakups to “harassment and the worst type of cyberbullying.”

The legislation is needed because Illinois statutes fail to protect people who posed for racy pictures and videos while in a private relationship, only to have their “trust broken,” said Hastings, D-Orland Hills.

Under the measure, it would become a felony to post nude and sexually explicit pictures of another person without his or her permission. The bill also would make it a crime to require a fee to get pictures removed from a website. The maximum penalty would be up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine, though judges would have discretion to impose lesser punishments.

New Jersey and California have enacted laws to make revenge porn a criminal offense. Bills are pending in 13 other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Elsewhere, opponents of such legislation have argued that it would infringe on the right of free speech. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says the state’s civil laws should be considered for changes before such activities are made a crime, spokesman Ed Yohnka said.


Revenge porn ban introduced in Springfield – Chicago Tribune
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Victims Of Revenge Porn Open Up On Reddit About How It Impacted Their Lives – Huffington Post

A law passed in Israel on Jan. 6 states that uploading explicit pictures or videos without the subject’s consent is a form of sexual harassment, punishable by up to five years in prison. And given the horrifying stories of “revenge porn” victims , we hope to see similar legislation pass worldwide.

This week, Redditor TastyJams asked users: “Those who have naked pictures on the Internet; how did they get there and how has it affected your life?”

Several of the men and women who commented had willingly shared intimate photographs online and reported few or no repercussions or regrets. However, respondents whose images were posted by ex-partners — or so-called friends — were much more likely to report long-term effects like sexual shame, disruption to their education or employment, and trust issues.

One user created a “throwaway” Reddit account to share her story:

When I was married, my then husband and I made a homemade porn. I thought it was a good idea at the time and I was very wrong. Not too long after we made said porn, I found out he had been cheating and I left him. I had completely forgot that we had even a video until a co-worker came to me and said he got a very interesting email from my ex (they were friends) and showed me the link. That f**king asshole uploaded the video to porn site. He sent the link to everyone we know, including family. I was completely mortified to find out he had done this.

Needless to say, I had to quit my job and move back to my home province. I was being harassed at my job (I worked in a factory, it was mostly men that worked there). I couldn’t bear to see or hang out with any of my friends.

To the younger female redditors, no matter how much you trust and love him/her, do not make videos or let your [partner] take pics of you naked, that shit will come back to haunt you.

This user was just one of many to express such regrets. Here are five things victims of revenge porn reported feeling:

1. Humiliation. “My ex logged into my Facebook and took naked pictures that I had sent to my new [partner] over messenger and posted them for all to see,” one user posted. “My family saw, my friends saw, my Facebook got shut down for nudity and it took forever to get back. Now I’m extremely paranoid about my passwords and check my content religiously.”

2. Concern for their personal safety, especially when revenge porn postings are accompanied by personal information like email addresses, full names and phone numbers. One Redditor didn’t feel safe in her home after her naked pictures and contact information were shared online: “I got moved to accommodations that had on-duty personnel staffed 24 hours a day for my safety once I reported everything,” she wrote.

3. A need for hypervigilance. Years after her ex-boyfriend uploaded intimate images of her, professor Annmarie Chiarini shared her story in The Guardian:

I oscillated between panic and persistent anxiety. I would wake up at 3am and check my email, my Facebook page, eBay, then Google my name, a ritual I performed three times before I could settle back down. In September 2011, I was thrown into panic again after I read an anonymous email alerting me to an online profile that featured nude pictures of me.

4. Fear of being watched during sex. One Redditor commented that her worries of being exposed on the Internet have affected her sex life: “I confiscate all forms of technology and make sure the laptop is closed (fear of webcam) before I have sex.”

5. Body shame. A Redditor who was underage when a “friend” unknowingly took pictures of her changing into a bikini and posted them around their school wrote that the experience made her ashamed of her body: “The school got my parents in to look at/discuss it. My mother believed I’d taken them, and kids branded me a slut and a whore and made references to my body for the rest of my school life. I despised my body for many years after that.”

If your life has been impacted by “revenge porn” and you’d like to share your story, send your age, first name or initials, and geographic location to women@huffingtonpost.com.

Victims Of ‘Revenge Porn’ Open Up On Reddit About How It Impacted Their Lives – Huffington Post
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