Erotic images taken by two consenting adults and shared between two consenting adults, with a lot of respect & love on both sides, is not what revenge porn is about. Which is why the campaign ‘End Revenge Porn’ has been created. For petty thieves, revenge porn is a way to make a lot of fast cash, with the emphasis being on cash, they can be so determined to fulfill their delusions that they can keep going with their demands for years (see the example below).
For those higher up the crime scale it’s merely a business with hundreds of victims and for others it’s about giving vent to resentment and perhaps hidden anger and rejection as the pop musician Tulisa Contostavlos can testify, (read on)…..
End Revenge Porn is a campaign organized by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative to provide support and advocacy for victims of revenge porn, or people whose intimate photographs and/or videos have been disseminated on the Internet without their consent.
About the Founder and End Revenge Porn
Dr. Holly Jacobs was a victim of revenge porn for three and a half years. During those years, the police and FBI continuously refused to file criminal charges against her perpetrator on the grounds that there were technically no laws against what he was doing. After her perpetrator’s targeted behavior forced her to change jobs, go through several email addresses, legally change her name, deactivate all of her social media accounts, cancel her attendance to professional meetings, and restrict her from publishing in her field, she decided that there needed to be laws against it.
In August 2012, Dr. Jacobs started EndRevengePorn.org as a website to host a petition collecting signatures in favor of criminalizing revenge porn in the United States. The site also contained a survey that collected data regarding the prevalence of revenge porn and the effects that it had on its victims. These statistics were shared with legislators and the public to show just how much damage revenge porn could cause in one’s life and, thus, why there is a need to criminalize it.
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs
Over the past year, End Revenge Porn has turned into a national campaign that has attracted worldwide attention. It has expanded into a place of refuge where victims can obtain support, advice, and referrals to professionals (i.e., attorneys, a take down service) volunteering to help them. It has become the main source through which legislators, attorneys, and the press can be put in touch with key players in this movement and acquire more information regarding the issue and the laws relevant to it.
We are helping victims. We are changing laws. And we are educating the public and changing the collective opinion that society holds about revenge porn. This is only the beginning…..