Comment of the week: on revenge porn | Dawn Foster | Comment is free |

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“This week, Annmarie Chiarini chose a comment by Florence5 on her article on revenge porn:

“I have heard of this type of thing before, and it’s awful, as is the victim-blaming and the pitiful response from the police. She should take civil action against him, go to a lawyer, not the police, sue the bastard, make his life a misery until he stops. As a mother of a 15-year-old daughter (who is very tech-savvy), I have already had this discussion with her and her friends that you never ever take compromising pictures of yourself, you don’t let anyone else, because this follows you the rest of your life. Don’t let anything out there you wouldn’t want your boss to see (or your constituents, customers, etc.).
I admire Annmarie’s work to get this outlawed, but there is also a proactive lesson here for us, our children etc. Talk to them about this kind of thing and make sure they understand the possible consequences.”

Annmarie explains why she chose this comment:

“This is one of the more difficult aspect of this issue – what to tell our children. I have lost sleep over what I will tell my son and daughter, and I can think of only one solid parallel to illustrate my decision to tell them not to share intimate images. When the birth control pill was introduced, it afforded people a new sexual freedom. Sexuality changed … for the better. But then stories of HIV and Aids started making headlines. There was a risk. Unprotected sex could result in a death sentence. Sexuality changed – people became less trusting and learned about dental dams. Now this new risk has entered the discussion that will again change sexuality and challenge trust in intimate relationships. So just as I will tell my children to use condoms, I will advise them not to share intimate images.””

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Comment of the week: on revenge porn | Dawn Foster | Comment is free |

I was a victim of revenge porn. I don’t want anyone else to face this | Annmarie Chiarini | Comment is free |

I was a victim of revenge porn. I don’t want anyone else to face this

My ex sold nude photos of me on eBay and put them on a porn site. But I fought back and am pushing to make this illegal


‘Revenge porn’ victims press for new laws

The Big Story



By Anne Flaherty

“An increasing number of states, including Maryland, Wisconsin and New York, are considering whether to make it illegal to post any sexually explicit image online without that person’s permission. But groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation say they worry such proposals run afoul of the First Amendment.

“We generally don’t think that finding more ways to put people in prison for speech is a good thing,” said Adi Kamdar, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “A lot of times, these laws — if they aren’t narrowly focused enough — they can be interpreted too broadly.”

Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami who is helping states draft revenge porn laws, counters that sharing a nude picture with another person implies limited consent similar to other business transactions.

“If you give your credit card to a waiter, you aren’t giving him permission to buy a yacht,” Franks said.”


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‘Revenge porn’ victims press for new laws.

State lawmakers pass Internet privacy, revenge porn bills

Making progress in Wisconsin!

“Also Tuesday, the Assembly approved its bill criminalizing revenge porn, with supporters saying they wanted Wisconsin to become the third state to take that stand. The measure passed on a voice vote with little dissent.

The bill is meant to curb people from posting photos or videos of their former partners after a relationship goes sour. Once explicit images have been posted on the Internet, they can be all but impossible to remove because they are quickly copied and posted on an array of websites.

“Once its on the Internet, its there forever, ” Vos said.  “You cant really take it back.”

California and New Jersey are the only states to ban revenge porn, said the bills sponsor, Rep. John Spiros R-Marshfield. New Jerseys ban has been on the books for about a decade, while California recently passed its law.”

via State lawmakers pass Internet privacy, revenge porn bills.

From the Associated Press:

“MADISON, Wis.—The state Assembly overwhelmingly passed a Republican proposal Tuesday that would outlaw the posting of revenge porn, moving Wisconsin closer to becoming the third state in the country to crack down on ex-lovers spreading nude pictures of each other.

Revenge porn refers to the practice of jilted lovers posting naked pictures of their ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends online in an effort to embarrass them or cost them a job.”

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