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How is Revenge Porn Distinct From the Related Crime of "Invasion of Privacy"? - We Rise Legal

How is Revenge Porn Distinct From the Related Crime of “Invasion of Privacy”?

Revenge porn, or non-consensual pornography, is a relatively new area of online crime. It is closely related to the invasion of privacy, but it is distinct if a few key ways. It is important for everyone online today to understand the differences between these crimes. Men and women of any age can be victimized. If you are armed with knowledge on what the best steps are following your own victimization, then you can move quickly to both protect your reputation and prosecute your abuser. 

 

Invasion of Privacy: Under the umbrella of sex crimes, invasion of privacy is when a perpetrator records sexual images of their victim, without their knowledge. The victim is not able to consent because they are unaware that the recordings are being made. The issue is in the creation of the material.

 

Revenge Porn (Non-Consensual Pornography): Victims of revenge porn give consent to their images being taken. Sometimes they even take them themselves. The crime happens with the victim’s friend or partner shares those images publicly without their consent. The issue here is in the distribution, not the creation of the material.

 

If you discover that you have been the victim of either one of these crimes, there are important steps that you should immediately take.

 

  1. If you discover that your image has been posted publicly, then keep a record of everywhere your images appear. 
  2. If you have proof that you did not consent to either the creation or the distribution of your image (for example, you sent your images to someone and expressly said “do not share this with anyone”) then collect that documentation.
  3. Call us for help and representation. We can order your images to be taken down, and we will go after your perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law.

 

It can be humiliating to find yourself wrapped up in this type of crime, but we want to remind everyone that someone else’s decision to behave badly does not need to mean embarrassment for you. The crime is a reflection of the perpetrator, not the victim. Stand strong.

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