What Is Revenge Porn And Should You Be Concerned? Things To Know Right Now

The world of modern technology is a scary world especially when it comes to your children. The amount of negative things that a child can stumble across is disturbing. Recently, the topic of revenge porn has come to light. But what is revenge porn and should you concerned when it comes to your kids? Who is hurt when it comes to revenge porn and can you fight it? Keep reading to find out the top seven things to know right now.

What Is Revenge Porn?

Revenge porn is not just for celebrities anymore. It seems to have infiltrated into the hands of our younger generation. But what is it? According to Cyber Civil Rights, revenge porn actually isn’t revenge at all:

“A more accurate term is nonconsensual pornography, defined as the distribution of sexually graphic images of individuals without their consent. This includes both images originally obtained without consent (e.g. by using hidden cameras, hacking phones, or recording sexual assaults) as well as images consensually obtained within the context of an intimate relationship.”

Essentially, the vengeful person uploads the video or phone onto a website and in turn the content can be viewed by millions of people. The unwilling participant’s identity is easily found, including their social media, friends, and family. They can find where the individual works and even the town they live in.

Are There Any Laws On Revenge Porn Right Now?

Unfortunately, not even state has laws against nonconsensual pornography for adults. As of January 2018, 38 states now have laws in place to protect victims. With most states having laws against voyeurism, they don’t have updated laws to reflect advances in technology. Another problem is protecting the victim who consensually agreed to be a participant but did not agree of it to be shared.

However, when it comes to children the case is much different. Due to the nature of the crime, the law protects the child at all times. It can be a federal case depending on the amount of photos/videos/exchanges. It also changes on with the parties involved and how many times the crime was committed. Be sure to do research on your state’s law for child pornography and any law pertaining to it. 

Who Is Affected By Revenge Porn?

Revenge porn can happen to any age group as mentioned above. But it seems that the 15-29 age group seems to be the most effected. Including the victim of revenge porn, the families and friends are also effected. It can take a huge mental and emotional toll.

Why Do Teens Even DO THIS?

A big question is why teens feel the need to send explicit photos in order to hurt others. When there is so much at stake, why would teens entertain the idea of revenge porn? First, many don’t understand the legality of the issue. Teens don’t understand that sending an explicit photo of a minor could result in a lifetime of negative side effects. They also are young which adds in the naïve trait. They think “I’ll be fine” or “That won’t happen to me” and these thoughts are the first things that fail them.

Teens can also feel pressure to send nude photos when asked. They can feel that they should send it to be accepted and wanted. Teaching teens that sending nude photos of themselves isn’t the answer is the first step. Also educating your teens on the legal issues that can also help. Explain to them that using their bodies to get accepted is not the answer. Educating them might also help them educate their friends.

What’s The Difference Between Sexting and Revenge Porn?

By definition, sexting is the act of sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others. It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device. Revenge porn is the same act but sending with an intent to harm the victim.

Where Is Revenge Porn Posted?

The first place revenge porn is posted is usually social media. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, and Instagram. There are even sites dedicated to only revenge porn.

What Can We Do About Revenge Porn?

To beat revenge porn its best to understand what it is and also know that state legislators are also doing their best to understand this problem as well. Another way to combat revenge porn is to educate your kids on what it is and why it could get them into legal trouble. Legal trouble that could follow them the rest of their lives.

According to Cyberbullying Research Center, in Pennsylvania, it is a summary offense for a minor to send or possess a sexually explicit image of a minor. It is a misdemeanor to transmit a sexually explicit image of a minor, other than themselves. Judges must first consider referring the minor to a diversionary program, and may order them to participate and complete an educational program. Upon successful completion, the minor’s record for this crime shall be expunged.

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