Congolese Women Take Action Against ‘Revenge Porn’ – All News Is Global

“MATADI — It’s one of the Internet revolution’s more twisted novelties. Men ready to do anything to get back at the girlfriend who left them or whom they suspect of cheating on them post naked photos or sex videos on social networks. And now, so-called “revenge porn” has also arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the northern town of Matadi, a young woman from the northern town of Matadi was victimized when her partner published a nude photo of her online. After creating a Facebook account in the name of his girlfriend without her knowledge, the man uploaded a photo of her that he took during sex. “He did it to punish her because he thought she’d been unfaithful,” a friend of the couple says.

But like others, the young woman filed a criminal complaint with the help of a local women’s group, and the man has been held for two months in a Matadi jail awaiting trial.

“Even if a woman has been unfaithful, she doesn’t deserve this,” says Annie Mbadu, an official with the group Women and Development. “How many men have never cheated on their girlfriend? By doing so, they disgrace and objectify all women.”

During a meeting last month at Matadi’s “Maison de la Femme” (a regional women’s center), local women spoke out about what one characterized as “cyber-criminality.”

“Uploading a nude photo online, even if it is an act of vengeance, is an offense and a sign of weakness. No woman deserves to be humiliated in such a way by a man,” one woman said. “The law must be severely enforced.”

Cherine Luzaisu, a lawyer and president of the Association for Woman Lawyers in Congo (AFEJUCO), says such violations can be considered as indecent assault, violation of human dignity or invasion of privacy, which are punishable by the Congolese penal code, bringing sentences of up to five years.”

Read the full article here via: Congolese Women Take Action Against ‘Revenge Porn’ – All News Is Global.

Police prompt call for Maine law against revenge porn — Aroostook — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

“HOULTON, Maine — A complaint to Houlton police about intimate photos of local women on anonymous websites, without their consent, have spurred warnings about online privacy and harassment, as well as calls for legislation to prevent it.Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Friday his department was recently made aware of postings on so-called “revenge porn” websites by a local parent.”

Read the full article here via:  Police prompt call for Maine law against revenge porn — Aroostook — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine.

Interview with Barry Morgan today at 2:00 pm EST

Hey friends!

Tune into CJAD 800 News Talk Radio at 2:00 pm EST today to hear my LIVE interview with Barry Morgan.

Here is the link to listen live:

http://www.cjad.com/Live.aspx

 

Did I mention it’s going to be live? #justalittlenervous

Speak up. It matters.

This is an email I received from a student last night. I have been terrified to “go public” with my story for many reasons, one of which is that several administrators at the college where I teach do not support me. I was also afraid of the reaction I’d receive from my students. But this email assuaged my fears and has given me the strength to keep moving forward in my fight. Her words proved to me how critical it is to speak out.

Thank you, K-. It was an honor to have you in my class, to watch you bloom, and to hear you find your voice.  And thanks for sending the essay! We will keep in touch, and you will forever be in my heart. 

Thank you

K- G-
10:14 PM (12 hours ago)

to me

Ms. C,

I hope that all is well and that you and your family are happy, healthy, and anticipating the holiday!

I would like to take some time to thank you for a wonderful semester, for being a wonderful professor, and for filling me, as well as many others with inspiration.

First and foremost, this semester was amazing but it would not have been such without a professor as fantastic as you. I was truly worried about going into this 102 course because of rumors I had heard about some professors and their activism, but to my happy surprise I now get to spread joy and truth! The course was nothing like I was expecting it to be on any level. The course content was truly amazing in that it was not focused on just suffrage and misery like I had heard it would be, but rather about both suffrage and relief. This course taught me a lot about myself, how I view the world, and even how I handle my finances. You helped me to be comfortable speaking my mind and truths in a 4 page paper when I have been so uncomfortable facing reality in front of a mirror on a daily basis! You brought a passion into the classroom that I have not seen from any of my professors thus far and it is inspirational.

This leads to my next thank you. Unfortunately, I can relate to the pain that you have gone through so I know just how hard it is to stand before so many people and continuously tell your story. You are a very, very brave woman to be taking a stand so big. I believe that sexual abuse and harassment comes in many forms and revenge porn is one of them. I have been doing a lot of research on the bill you have been trying to pass, your story, and the realities of the matter and I must say that I am touched to say the least. You are standing up for women everywhere when they are too afraid to do so themselves, and that takes a lot of courage. From the time that I spent with you in the classroom, I know in my heart that you are a wonderful person, a loving and devoted mother, and most importantly a courageous soul. Never would I have guessed that someone with those qualities and a personality like yours, that something so horrendous would happen to them. I want to thank you for being the voice for those too afraid to speak up, for reaching out your hand to pull women out of their situations through the law, and for not taking YOUR life in the midst of the pain. Instead of taking your life, you are now giving your life to help the millions in Maryland, other states, and hopefully the world who are being attacked. Every time I read an article or see a video about you, I smile and cheer you on as progress is made. Ms. C, I want you to know that you have my support 100% if not more in your endeavor. Because of you, I am brave enough to take a stand as well. I will do all that I can to help raise awareness and bring on the support!!!

I wish you the best of luck and I hope that we can keep in touch. 🙂

Best wishes,

K- G-

P.S. I also attached my research essay that you asked for.

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