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Personal Injury Via Revenge Porn

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Revenge porn received renewed attention with the recent case of Rob Kardashian’s postings of 30 compromising images of Blac Chyna, his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child. Although Chyna may have consented to the photography, she did not consent to the distribution of those photos. This case is merely a more public example of what is a common issue in today’s media-crazed world. If you are a victim of revenge porn, you don’t have to be a celebrity to be hurt by it, or to want to seek a legal remedy. A good personal injury attorney may be able to help.

The Advent of Revenge Porn

Revenge porn was born in the pages of Hustler magazine in the 1980s. Back then, Hustler solicited photos of nude women from its readers. These were printed without consent, and often contained identifying information. When women complained, the magazine began requiring consent forms to be submitted along with the photos, but these, unfortunately, were often forged.

Years later, a porn site was created that linked explicit photos to social media accounts by internet personality Hunter Moore. This site was designed to humiliate exes, and did the job well. Jilted lovers learned quickly that posting compromising photos is an excellent way to get revenge on former love interests. Nowadays the airwaves are brimming with nude photos that can impact social, employment, and family relationships. If you are the victim of porn revenge, what are your options? A personal injury attorney might be able to help.

Impacts of Revenge Porn

The trauma associated with having very personal, very private photographs available for public purview can be extreme. Victims may experience teasing, harassment, and ostracism. Securing or keeping a job may become extremely difficult. Family disappointment and outrage may contribute to depression, anger and frustration.

Actual Cases

When Michael Hammond, Jr. posted an explicit photo of his former girlfriend on Facebook, he made sure to include an identifiable tattoo to ensure her humiliation. Because Florida law states that individuals may have a reasonable expectation that such photos remain private, despite consenting to the photography itself, Hammond went to jail.

Legal Recourse

Florida’s response to revenge porn took effect in October 2015. The law punishes offenders for the initial website publication of explicit photos without permission with a first-degree misdemeanor charge and a potential year behind bars, plus a $1,000 fine. But that is just the beginning. Repeat offenders may be sentenced to up to five years in jail and be stuck with a $5,000 fine. More importantly, victims may sue offenders. In Florida, sexual revenge does not pay off.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of revenge porn, the experienced team at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton in Daytona & Ormond Beach can help. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.

Resources:

latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-revenge-porn-kardashian-20170705-story.html

miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article36653298.html

flkeysnews.com/news/local/article114405323.html

bet.com/news/national/2017/07/06/revenge-porn–lets-discuss-.html