Revenge porn can have devastating effects on the victims. At least two revenge porn victims have committed suicide. Because of the nature of the Internet these images might haunt a victim for the rest of their lives as pictures and videos are sometimes sent to people via email, posted and shared on Facebook and can even be reposted by porn sites. These images and videos can then be used to fire people, blackmail people, refuse to rent a house to them or be used as evidence that they are unfit parents.

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The “most hated man on the Internet“, Hunter Moore’s website, IsAnyoneUp.com to shame and abuse victims in an extreme way. Moore would call victims “sluts” and “whores” and maintained that the victims had it coming and deserved to be shamed and to lose their jobs.

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Bill Bercaw said that:

Because of the humiliation and victimization involved with revenge porn, it can absolutely by a trigger for post traumatic stress disorder. It’s the same thing that victims of physical sexual assault are vulnerable to.

A revenge porn victim in the US, Holly Jacobs is an advocate against revenge porn and has described it as “cyber rape“.

An Australian magistrate has stated that:

Incalculable damage can be done to a person’s reputation by the irresponsible posting of information through such a medium.

It is quite clear that revenge porn could have devastating consequences for the victim. Check out some of our suggestions to help you if you’ve fallen victim to this evil form of revenge:

Remedies For Revenge Porn Victims

You could have the sexually explicit image or video removed from the websites where it was posted. Twitter recently updated its terms regarding revenge porn after Reddit updated its terms following the distribution of hacked nude pictures of famous people. Now Reddit and Twitted ban “intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent“. Facebook will remove any revenge porn content as well.

Even though there are no specific rules dealing with revenge porn in South Africa, victims aren’t left without a some legal recourses. You could sue the perpetrator for:

  • Infringing your privacy; or
  • Defamation; or
  • Copyright infringement if you took the images or videos yourself (selfies); or
  • You could get a protection order in terms of the Protection from Harassment Act.

If you are underage in the sexually explicit image or video the perpetrator can face up to 15 years in prison for distributing child pornography and have his entire life destroyed because of the severity of the crime and the community’s disapproval thereof.

How to Protect Yourself From Becoming a Revenge Porn Victim

If you want to take some sexy pictures or videos we have some suggestion to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of revenge porn:

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Take your own pictures

Not only do you then own the pictures you also don’t run the risk of someone distributing them. Ensure that you have the proper passwords in place and only show someone else your picture on your device or only send it to them using impermanent sharing apps like Snapchat. Snapchat also lets you know if someone has taken a screenshot of your pictures or videos so you can immediately demand that the person delete it.

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Another benefit to taking your own sexy selfies is that you then have ownership of the images or videos and could sue someone for copyright infringement if they distribute it online without your permission.

When you take your sexy pictures or videos make sure to hide anything that would make it possible to identify you like your face, tattoos, etc.

Don’t store your sexy pictures or videos on cloud-sharing applications like DropBox, messaging apps or social media accounts, because it would be easy to hack into your accounts and gain access to these pictures or videos