‘Revenge Porn’ growing threat to safety

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In this digital age, the sending of pictures including naked pictures to boyfriends and girlfriends is becoming more common.

While there are laws against teens “sexting” there is no law against adults sending pictures and no laws against the person receiving them, then posting them online.

It’s not hard to find websites dedicated to this so called “revenge porn.”

But for the people victimized, mostly women, it’s very difficult to get those pictures off the internet.

There are thousands of victims of “revenge porn.” The overwhelming majority are women. The phenomenon also known as “cyber rape” is a growing threat to the safety of women.

“Revenge porn” is not illegal, but the Illinois State’s Attorney’s office encourages anyone who is harassed, threatened or stalked as of result their naked pictures being posted online to contact police.

Rape victim advocates and other organizations also offer free counseling for people that have been victimized.

For more information visit these organizations

Rape Victim Advocates

www.rapevictimadvocates.org

312/443-9603

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline

(operated by YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago)

888.293.2080

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

www.icasa.org

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