First 5 Steps to Take as a Victim of Revenge Porn

Every now and then we hear of the nonconsensual release of a porn tape or nude photo of a celebrity, and there also are others unheard of, because the victim is less known. This evil act is called revenge porn.

Revenge porn usually hits the victim with a huge shock and a wave of betrayal as they are pushed to deal with the endless judgemental opinions of people all over the internet.

Revenge porn can happen to anybody, both famous and infamous and the ability to cope and put the situation under control differs from person to person.

Experiencing revenge porn is not a pleasant feeling, however, you're not totally helpless as below are 5 steps you can take to recover your reputation and put the situation under control.

1. Archive

The deed has been done, there's no need to keep sulking over the situation as the most important thing to do in this trying time is to get as much information as possible.

Most people will keep trying to avoid the images and block the person they feel perpetrated the act but that'll be the wrongest step. Instead, take as much screenshots as possible as the police will need all of it. Write down the websites onto which the revenge porn has been uploaded, get the usernames of social media pages distributing it and also take screenshots of all the text messages sent from the person who perpetrated it.

2. Request for removal

After you've archived all evidence of the posts, start contacting websites hosting the revenge porn for an immediate removal of the content. Most major websites have a policy of content removal if it falls within the revenge porn category.

Once you've requested for its removal, be sure to check back in 24hours to see if the content was really taken down. You can further ask if they have any information on when the content was posted and also for the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the poster.

3. Beef up your security

It's no news that the internet is full of trolls and no one needs to go out of their houses before they hurt someone else.

People don't want to listen to your side of the story, all they need to see is the revenge porn and they pass their judgements on you.

This is unavoidable, but you can lessen the effect of this unexpected blow by turning your social media pages private.

Someone has already put a part of you which you'll never share with the world onto the public eye, the last they need is to have any more information about you so beef up your security.

Hide your friends list and keep your bio blank. Also, change the passwords of your social media pages into something complex and quite exhausting.

4. Talk to someone

This is probably the most trying period of your life, your private affairs have been shared with the public – probably by somebody you totally trusted at a time to never betray you.

As depressing as it could be, it would be best to let someone close to you know. It could be a friend or a family member, anyone you're most comfortable sharing it with. Let them know your privacy has been breached and you need their help in gathering all possible information.

This way you end up having someone encouraging you, and also have enough help to get the situation under control in good time.

5. File a report

A law has definitely been broken. Your privacy has been breached and you have suffered too much physical and emotional damage to let this slide.

Check for the revenge porn laws guiding your state of residence through the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Also, be sure to follow up on the report to ensure necessary legal steps are taken.

Distributing someone else's private images without their consent is an act of cruelty and the utmost form of violation. If you are a victim of this act, remember it is not your fault and it can happen to anyone.

Get the help you need and stay surrounded by supportive people.

Author:.

Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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