What Is Revenge Porn?

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What Is a Cyber Crime?

A cybercrime is a crime committed using the Internet. The crime may occur between two strangers or those involved in a relationship. Many cybercrimes include hacking into work databases or personal accounts.  However, they can also involve information that was freely given initially, but then was misused.

What Is Revenge Porn?

Revenge porn, also called cyber exploitation, is sharing intimate images of a partner without the subject’s consent. These images are often shared through revenge websites.

What Is the Most Common Form of Revenge Porn?

The most common part of cyber exploitation occurs between two people who have been dating. During their relationship, the couple exchanges photographs, often via text messaging or email. The images are generally of the partner while they are naked and/or in a sexual position. When the relationship ends, one partner either uses those images as ransom or posts them online as an act of revenge, hence the term “revenge porn.”

Is Revenge Porn Illegal?

Whether cyber exploitation is illegal depends on the jurisdiction. Many states have started passing legislation to criminalize revenge porn. For example, California is one state that has passed criminal legislation prohibiting revenge porn.

What Does Disorderly Conduct Have to Do with Revenge Porn?

Disorderly conduct is a criminal offense done in public. The offense creates a disturbance and threat to others, such as loitering and disturbing the peace. Nude images taken without a person’s knowledge or permission is considered disorderly conduct. If the images end up being distributed as revenge porn, especially on a revenge porn website, the person may face additional charges.

What Are Revenge Porn Websites?

These websites are geared toward featuring sexual and nude images of people posted by ex-lovers or ex-spouses. Many of the websites post the images along with:

Are Revenge Websites Legal?

In many states, it is not a crime to post photographs of people or their personal information on the Internet without permission so long as the positing do not violate copyright laws. However, more and more states are making it a crime when the postings:

Should I Contact a Lawyer If I Am Accused of Revenge Porn?

Criminal charges related to revenge porn carry serious penalties, as well as harsh social penalties such as ostracizing. Thus, it is important to fight such charges. A criminal lawyer will advise you of how to proceed with your criminal case.

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Last Modified: 12-14-2015 04:31 PM PST

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