Steps to Help Victims Fight Against Revenge Porn Harassment

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Revenge porn activities are becoming a great online harassment issue these days. Break-ups can increase the emotional distress level and the involved person gets the feeling of being jilted. In turn, they blame their partners for the collapse of their relationship and want desperately to hurt them.

Harassment means solace

Sexy and naughty photographs, when they were together get posted on social platform with information like name, phone number, email address, and home address. All this impacts the victim involved in the film and video, negatively.

Posting the embarrassing pics without approval on social media seems to be an appropriate punishment, in the eyes of the perpetrator.

In 2015, Google established a technique to remove revenge porn from search results. Even though there are policies and guidelines provided against the release of sexually explicit material, it still appears on social media platforms, which are not taken down instantly.

Steps for removal of unauthorized materials

If you are a victim of revenge porn then take the following steps for its removal.

Take screenshot

Of the content – Screenshot will be used as proof that the content was posted. In addition, it was not by you.

Of the URL – Search engines will not index sexually explicit material. This means the undesired images will not get displayed, when someone types the victim’s name in the search box.

However, if that someone knows the URL then no one can stop them from finding explicit images. In addition, URL screenshot is an added proof of crime.

Read the involved website policies

Learn the guidelines of that website and contact the host to have the pictures removed. Do it as soon as possible to limit exposure or spread or getting saved on personal devices (mobile, computers, and laptops).

File a report at the local police station

To fight back against revenge porn majority of states have introduced non-consensual porn laws. In case, your state has no revenge porn law in place then the pictures are not getting removed. Luckily, if you captured the photo then file a report on copyright infringement. Internet respects copyright law, so it is wise to use this to fight revenge porn issues.

Change your online settings

The chances that the content posted was not stolen, but taken by someone intimate from your past. You may have shared compromised photos or your password to some social profile. As a precautionary measure change all your social accounts security and privacy settings.

Hire a lawyer

Victims hesitate because such cases receive a lot of media attention. Some are even not familiar that there are laws or how to conduct an investigation to build their case.

An experienced advocate with knowledge about internet laws and defamation problems will be very helpful in such scenario. They can help you know your rights.

The best advice is not to take or share private photos or videos but if you experience this unfortunate scenario, contact an experienced advocate. Make sure to file a civil case within a year from the moment you discovered.