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What is revenge porn?

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Suzanne
I'm hearing lots of horror stories regarding revenge porn and how it's causing people to lose jobs, marriages and even commit suicide. Is revenge porn really as big a problem as its made out to be or is it just media scaremongering?
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jadej
When it comes to the media things are often negative and blown out of proportion. But unfortunately revenge porn is a very serious issue that is now regarded as an offence under criminal law. People should be very careful sending sexually explicit media to another person even to a long term partner. Once an image or video is put onto the internet it is near impossible to retrieve and remove it. This means that many people can view these images/videos including potential bosses, colleagues, friends, family and partners. Hope this helps Suzanne.
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Shamyla
Although at the best of times the media does blow things out of proportion, when it comes to revenge porn it is actually spot on. More and more people have been using revenge porn which destroys people's lives like you said Suzanne because once an image gets online, there's a slim chance of getting it removed before someone sees it and shares it. People do need to be mindful about what they put online because it doesn't necessarily mean that only their 'friends' can see it as friends can show other friends which leads to a neverending cycle.
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Suzanne

In reply to jadej

Thanks Jade, I think schools should teach children about revenge porn and sexting. Fantastic that you are aware how dangerous they are!
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Suzanne

In reply to Shamyla

Thank you Shamyla, you've both helped me understand how serious revenge porn really is. It's so terrifying that once it's on the Internet you can't delete it! Like I said to Jade, I thinks schools should be teaching children about this and be really honest about the consequences rather than "shelter" them from the hard truth. You've been a great help : )
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JoDragon
Everyone's right that it is a serious issue. It's even more serious when images are of people under 16. Under 16s aren't, by law, allowed to explicit pictures of them self. It counts as producing child porn and sending is distributing. A lot of the time it is very innocent, for example sending it to their current bf, but as the thread suggests it gets out of control. Not along ago was there a 14 year old girl who had to go to court just for this.

My advice would be to encourage young people to not do it all. It's their body and learning about the possibilities of it spreading over the Internet (as others have mentioned) is very high.

Even as an adult I wouldn't make any pictures for someone I didn't know properly or put them on the net. It's all about learning safety again, and knowing you've got somewhere to turn if ever feel pressured.
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jadej
I am glad I could help! Suzanne I completely agree. It should be taught in schools as part of the sex education programmes that are currently running. These modern ways of sharing sexual images/videos need to be addressed and these classes should not be limited to just sexual intercourse. Jodragon you make a very good point which goes hand in hand with what Suzanne has mentioned about educating young people not to share these things to begin with and to make them aware of the potential consequences.
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Suzanne

In reply to jadej

Thanks Jade! Sadly so many resources are spent on trying to stop teens sharing these images technically with things like security software and apps but I don't think any of that stuff is going to make any difference. I think education is the only chance to stop the spread of these sexual images.