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What to do if You’re the Target of Revenge Porn

By on January 18, 2018

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.

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This article by the FTC was distributed by the Personal Finance Syndication Network.

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