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What Happens if You Are the Victim of Revenge Porn?

By Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis on March 23, 2016

Break-ups, regardless of how long the relationship lasted, are typically painful. Some individuals may direct their sadness and anger over the failed romance inward. However, other people may lash out and decide that they are justified in “getting even” with their former romantic partner. In today’s digital world, one of the ways people take revenge after a failed relationship is by posting private photos meant for their eyes only to the Internet. The posts may show the other person naked, in compromising positions, or engaged in sexual acts. Needless to say, actions of this type are embarrassing and humiliating for the victim.

However, you don’t need to disappear, hole up in your home forever, or feel shame. You were acting appropriately for the circumstances and regardless of what occurred, nobody deserves to be the victim of actions of this type. The Internet defamation removal attorneys of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can work to remove the posts from the sites where they were posted so that you can have peace of mind. We guarantee the removal of the revenge porn photos or we will return your fee. TO schedule a free and confidential consultation, call (216) 831-0042 today.

Follow the law. Professional lawyer sitting at the table and signing papers with justice statue standing on surface in forefront. ** Note: Shallow depth of fieldMost States Have Criminalized Revenge Porn

To begin with, many sites are more than willing to remove revenge porn because the practice has been criminalized in a number of states. Many legislators have recognized the continued popularity of sexting and semi-private photo sharing networks like Snapchat and the consequences that can occur when private photos are made public. Thus, in many jurisdictions you are not only the victim of a severe ethical breach, but also the victim of a crime. States that have passed laws criminalizing the posting or disclosure of nude or explicit photos as revenge porn are:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Even in states lacking dedicated anti-revenge porn laws, anti-online harassment laws may apply. In any case, even if revenge porn is not illegal in your state many sites will still comply with removal requests from a lawyer.

Revenge Porn Involving Minors

Much to many parents’ shock and horror, revenge porn is especially common among teenagers. Unfortunately the common reaction among teenaged revenge porn victims is that this is their fault and that they are to blame. Nothing can be further from the truth since nothing the victim did forced the other person to post the sexually explicit image publicly. Fortunately for underage victims and unfortunately for the poster, child pornography is illegal in all fifty states and under federal law. Thus nearly all social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr will remove the photos. Likewise, even sites dedicated to “exposing cheaters” and other unsavory purposes will also take action. Thus teens and their parents shouldn’t assign blame, but rather take action to remove the photos. Contacting an experienced lawyer who can proceed appropriately in light of potential criminal action against the poster, is a good way to get the photos removed expediently.

frustrated young business man working on laptop computer at officeWork With an Experienced Attorney When Looking to Remove Internet Revenge Porn

As part of the defamation removal process, many people want to know who can be held accountable for the humiliation and damage they suffered. While the Internet site or service where the image was posted is protected from liability by the broad safe harbor provision of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the individual poster can be held responsible. The Internet defamation lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can fight to remove the photos from the websites where they were posted. Furthermore, we can work to hold the offending party financially responsible. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call us at (216) 831-0042 or contact us online.


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