What to do if you’re the target of revenge porn

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Has an intimate image of you been shared without your OK? If so, you’re not alone. Whether a nude picture was taken without your consent, or an image you shared with someone is shared further than you’d intended, many people are affected by revenge porn or non-consensual pornography. If that’s happened to you or someone you know, here are some things to do.

  • Follow the steps in the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative’s Online Removal Guide. To get your image taken down, you’ll need to report it to the platform it’s on. This guide covers what to consider before you report, what to expect, documenting the post, and then how to report it on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Google, Yahoo and Bing.
  • There are laws against revenge porn in 38 states plus the District of Columbia. Check to see if there’s one where you live, and then decide whether you want to talk with local law enforcement. If you do, be sure to tell law enforcement if your situation might involve domestic violence, cyberstalking, or child pornography.
  • You also could consult with an attorney. There are laws that might be able to help you get your images taken down.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a takedown service, make sure you know what you’re getting. Find out what they promise to do to take your image down, and whether you can do that yourself for free. Find out how much they’ll charge, and whether it’s a one-time charge, or recurring – and for how long.
  • If you experienced non-consensual pornography, need help or advice, and you live in the U.S., call the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative’s crisis hotline: 844-878-CCRI (2274).

If you are the victim of non-consensual pornography, take the steps above – and then tell the Federal Trade Commission if a company posts your image without your consent and won’t take it down. In fact, the FTC recently announced a lawsuit against MyEx.com and its principals for, according to the FTC, promoting revenge porn and then demanding money to take the images down.

Comments

This type behavior is absolutely un acceptable, it will not ever be forgiven period, this is such a petty, let me get you before you get me type society where it is becoming harder and harder to help people with out SOME ONE trying to disrespect you, steal from you or take advantage of you, just crazy

I have been getting stalked for years now by a 3rx party app platform and lately it has gotten gradually worse

Even getting it taken down doesn’t put a stop to it. Once an image is out there on the internet, there’s no telling how many people have copied it. Plus, the damage can go further. If it’s tagged to your name, it can be found in searches and damage your chances when job hunting. It’s a petty and spiteful act with long lasting consequences.

Posting these pictures is very clearly in violation of your RIGHT TO PRIVACY!!!! PUt these people in prison, or horse whip them in public!

Very informative

I have been swamped with porno pics and offers to be friends with numerous girls. The pics are not of me. They send me albums of their pics. I have never been engaged with this type of behavior. When I unsubscribe they only go away for a day. Such a nuisance!! Is there a way I can get relief from these e-mails?

I believe I have a viscous revenge porn issue spreading rumors that I sexual assault kids and slander that I would never condone in it has damaged my relationship with work and everyone I know this attack is petty since I have two sons and I’m the custodial parent my family and I can’t go anywhere with out hearing embarrassing remarks and enough is enough

I am a victim of this crime. And I was unaware of the cyber law. It has been 2 years and my ex is still stalking me and still doing things like that. But now I know I can fight back and maybe someday I will not have to hide anymore and get my life back

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