Protect Women from "Revenge Porn": Amend Florida Cyberstalking Laws
  • Petitioned The Honorable Pam Bondi

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Attorney General of Florida
The Honorable Pam Bondi

Protect Women from "Revenge Porn": Amend Florida Cyberstalking Laws

    1. WomenAgainstRevengePorn .com
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      WomenAgainstRevengePorn .com

      FL

Despite what is advertised, “Revenge Porn” is not pornography. When it all comes down, Revenge Porn is simply harassment. Still, according to state cyberstalking laws, it is not a crime. But it should be. Ask any victim how they feel about their intimate photos exposed for the whole world to see, and they will use terms like “violated,” “humiliated,” “degraded,” and “cyber-raped.” Many people argue these terms. Of course, they are not victims. Those who don’t argue, and those who understand, are trying their best to fight Revenge Porn. But for most of them, it’s been an uphill battle. Why?

Because they have been fighting the wrong people.

They have been fighting the website owners, like Hunter Moore, of the now defunct “Isanyoneup.com.” But in fighting Revenge Porn, we must realize that Revenge Porn website owners do not build their empires alone; the scorned ex-lovers, who post the intimate photos, build their empires for them.

Revenge Porn website owners have immunity from harassment claims because of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law that protects them from legal liability for content that is posted to their websites by third parties. However, this law does not protect the third parties - the perpetrators - who post on their websites. This is why Revenge Porn website owners remind these perpetrators, through complicated terms of use, that they are ultimately liable for their own actions.

In fighting Revenge Porn, we must shift our attention from Revenge Porn website owners, who are merely facilitators of harassment, to the real root of harassment: The perpetrators who post the photos. In order to punish these perpetrators, we must amend current state cyberharassment laws that unintentionally protect the perpetrators through the use of two overlooked loopholes. With amendment of these loopholes, the perpetrators will fail to post due to criminal consequences, and the Revenge Porn empire will quickly crumble with nothing to sustain it.

Please join us in petitioning the Honorable Attorney General Pam Bondi for elimination of these loopholes through amendment of Florida cyberstalking laws or enactment of a Florida invasion of privacy statute that criminalizes Revenge Porn.

As perpetrators prepare to launch geo mapping to encourage stalking of revenge porn victims, we need to act more than ever.

If we don’t, it may be too late.

 

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    • Michael Moline SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • about 1 year ago

      Lets support each others causes to criminalize revenge porn. Please sign this petition to close down a sexual predator site that is not being policed or monitored. thank you

      http://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-federal-bureau-of-investigation-shut-down-anonib-com-on-the-grounds-of-child-porn-and-endangerment-of-women

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    • Tammy Cook HAMMONDSPORT, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      My sister is a victim of Cyberstalking and Revenge Porn.

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    • Lucy Hanouille AUSTIN, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      These photos are being posted for revenge because these men know that the women will be slut shamed for the rest of their lives.

      It is a form of cyberbullying and it needs to stop.

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    • Catherine Stearns GROVE CITY, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Please sign my petition to end an ugly custom of stalking and raping women in Pinellas County Florida for real estate deals! Thank you! http://www.change.org/petitions/fbi-prosecute-stalking-and-rape-for-real-estate-deals-in-florida-by-law-enforcement

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Female stalking victims are often faced with sexual violence in many forms. The main reason of stalking is often that they did not want certain affairs with some kind of horny men. I know many cases and I was even concerned too with cyberstalking in this kind, that these women then get rape porn of the worst kind sent as cyberstalking or the men make perverse lies in the internet about the victim. Not only the offender participates in it, but often many/all friends of his social networks, to terrorize a woman were for these men fun. The question is why did nobody put these cowardly beasts not long in a prison! Quite simply, the victim is not taken seriously until they are raped, dead or beganing to commit suicide or coming in psychiatry. There are enough cases in the media world. It must finally be stopped, this cowardly monsters must be punished and the victims are protected! Revenge porn is a crime!

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