With the advent of cell phones and social media, the disclosure of sexually explicit images without one’s consent has become a real problem. This “revenge porn” or nonconsenual pornography can have devastating consequences one’s self, from simple embarrassment, to adverse consequences to their professional development at work, to suicidal thoughts or even suicide.
As a panelist for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, I get quite a few calls, mainly from women, who have had nonconsensual pornography disclosed. If you or a loved one are a victim of revenge porn, the first advice is always to document and preserve the disclosure. This is potential evidence in a civil or criminal case against the person(s) who disclosed it. There are some specific techniques that I often suggest, but many cases are somewhat fact specific.
Victims of the disclosure of revenge porn have a number of remedies under Indiana law. Oftentimes the victim could file a lawsuit alleging invasion of privacy and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The disclosure of revenge porn may also be misdemeanor harassment in Indiana. See Ind. Code § 35-45-2-2.
If you or you know somebody who has been affected by revenge porn, do not hestitate to call Alex Beeman at Beeman Law. Our phone number is (765) 640-1330 and Alex’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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