YOUR PICS WERE STOLEN
YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
So someone took a picture of you and reposted it somewhere else you didn't want it to be. Maybe it was a pic you sent to them, maybe it's from your social media, maybe they broke in to your email or mobile device and took it without your consent.
Maybe you're nude or doing something sexually suggestive in this image, maybe you're not, maybe your full name or other personal contact information accompanies the picture. Maybe your harasser is reposting this information on public forums in an attempt to get others to join in, maybe you're already being harassed and/or stalked.
Doxing refers to the practice of researching and disclosing a victim's personal information online, and particularly to invite others to use this information to harass them. Although not all posting of intimate or non-intimate images involves doxing, for most victims this harassment involves both posting photos along with full names, social media accounts, and even home, work and family contact information.
It's a scary situation, and often the immediate feeling is often that your life is over. It's important when this happens to take a deep breath and remember two things:
- You're not alone.
- There are actions you can take right now.
This site was created to provide plain language, transparent information about actions you can take when your privacy is violated and images and other media of you are reposted without your consent.
DMCA takedown notices are one of the easiest first steps to take to reclaim control over your images. Many websites offer DMCA image removal as a service, but often charge hundreds of dollars per takedown, and are not as viable for the average person seeking to remove their pictures from multiple websites.
Visit the How To page to learn about DMCA takedown notices, and how you might be able to use one to remove your photos from another website yourself. Visit the FAQs page to learn more about your legal rights, and what other options are available to you.
I'm not a lawyer, and this site does not constitute legal advice, but I do hope that something you find here helps.
DID YOU KNOW
OF EX-PARTNERS THREATEN TO RELEASE INTIMATE IMAGES ONLINE
OF THOSE THAT THREATEN TO EXPOSE INTIMATE IMAGES FOLLOW THROUGH ON THEIR THREAT
OF REVENGE PORN VICTIMS ARE WOMEN
REVENGE PORN IS ONLY PART OF THE PROBLEM:
Intimate or nude images are not the only kinds of pictures posted without consent and for the purposes of harassment. Examples of abuse of non-intimate images include:
- use of photos of plus size individuals in diet and gym advertisements.
- use of non-pornographic photos for sidebar ads for porn or other products.
- use of photos to create impersonation accounts on dating websites, forums, and for the purposes of fraud.
- photoshopping photos of the victim's face on to pornographic images.
- posting of photos in public forums to ridicule the victim's appearance.
Sources for above stats:
1. McAfee's Love, Relationships, and Technology Report
2. Cyber Civil Rights Initiative's "Effects of Revenge Porn" Survey*