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What is revenge porn?

Revenge porn refers to the sharing someone’s sexually explicit photos and images without their permission. In most cases, the person posting the content is doing it to embarrass or hurt the subject/owner of the photos. In most cases, your face and body in the image is enough to establish that you are the owner of said image.

How do I know if I’ve been the victim of revenge porn?

If you ever find an explicit or private image of yourself on social media, a search engine, or a porn site that you did not post yourself, you are likely the victim of revenge porn. You have the legal right to control your own images, so if someone is posting without your consent then it is considered illegal activity.

What can I do about it if I have been the victim of revenge porn?

There are a few things we can do. The first step will always be to get a takedown order for wherever the images appear. A takedown order is a legal order for whichever services is hosting your images without permission to take them down. Next, we can go after your perpetrator. In the state of California, posting revenge porn is considered disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor that can be punished by jail time or a fine. Our last step will be to help you move on. This can be a trying experience, and we treat all of our clients with compassion and respect.

What is unlawful surveillance?

Under the law, unlawful surveillance refers to the act of placing clandestine recording devices like cameras with the intent of spying on someone as the dress, use the restroom, or while doing anything else in which intimate parts of the body are exposed.

What is extortion?

Under the law, extortion is the demand for some sort of benefit (usually money) through force or threats.

How do I know if I am being extorted?

If you are doing things/conducting yourself in a way that you otherwise wouldn’t be in response to a threat, you are being extorted. For example, if someone says they will slash your tires unless you give them a ride, that is extortion. If someone says that they will continue to bully you until you pay them, that is extortion. And someone threatening to physically harm you unless you do something for them, that is also extortion.

What is blackmail?

Blackmail is when someone threatens to release sensitive or damaging information about someone else unless they receive some sort of benefit.

How do I know if I am being blackmailed?

If you are trying to quell the release of personal information by someone else, you are being blackmailed. For example, if someone is threatening to release a sex tape of you unless you pay them, you are being blackmailed.