Survival Guide for A Revenge Porn Victim – Tips to Avoid This Scenario

Wrongful publication of sexually explicit photographs can happen with anybody, but basically it is the teen girls, who are targeted the most. Sometimes, breakup with a boyfriend can become spiteful.

Online harassment is the latest trend, which has emerged. Sharing of intimated, sexually explicit material of an ex-lover without consent across the internet is called ‘Revenge Porn’, this process is being employed by some jilted ex’s to tarnish and humiliate their victim’s repute. They blame them for the failure of their relationship.

Revenge porn state laws have been designed, but once such undesired material is in the wild, a victim cannot do anything to prevent its spread.

How a victim can survive in this scenario?

First step

  • Never panic
  • Respond instantly
  • Be confident

Contact the authorities

If you are the victim and recognize the person behind this crime then the authorities will certainly help you, but if the material is uploaded outside their jurisdiction then removing your pictures will be a different issue altogether.

Prepare a list

Find all the different kinds of versions and copies. It will be altered or cropped, but as you are the victim, identification will be quick. Prepare a list and get to the source.

Often just a single website is the source, but it is vital to remove revenge porn from there. You will also need to search other sites. Never assume that removing the photo from the source has resolved the issue.

The possibility that it was copied and uploaded increases because if the undesired material was online for a long time then it may have spread to other network and websites.

Start DMCA Takedown processing instantly

The sooner you start on DMCA Takedown process, the sooner you will be able to slow or stop the spread. Below are tips to carry out the process.

  • Follow DMCA Takedown process on the source that spread your undesired material. Remember the website may have their personal policy – follow them.
  • Never be emotional in placing a removal request.
  • Never provide incident details or tell a story.
  • State the related facts clearly that it is your picture and you did not approve a public release.

How to avoid online harassment?

Women can protect themselves against such online harassment or to avoid being a revenge porn victim.

Never click compromised pictures

Mobile phones are equipped with camera and it is an era of ‘selfies’. Remember the moment you take pics on your phone they get copied in the Clouds. If your mobile syncs with the desktop then it is another point of vulnerability. This means you will need to protect – your mobile gallery, Clouds, and your computer against theft or leakage.

Technology can let you down because modern viruses and malware are very good at stealing sensitive data from phones and computers. Even if you have a potent security software installed there is a risk that hackers can access your compromised pictures.

Never share nude photos

The love and trust you possess for your partner is eternal but the moment you share that photo, all control gets lost. Suppose your relationship fails, it will be difficult to regain control over those photos.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *