Help End Revenge Porn

Although I haven’t written in this blog for a while, there have been a recent series of events that I have seen occur over the past couple weeks that have strongly compelled me to once again begin writing in this blog. Though some of these events have been personal, the majority of these events have been trending across mainstream and social media, such as the transphobic backlash against Caitlyn Jenner and the Duggar family Scandal of Josh Duggar molesting his younger sisters.  Though I intend to express my views on all of these issues sooner rather than later, one of the most profoundly disturbing issues that I have chosen to write about this week has been a petition I saw posted on Facebook by a friend of mine earlier this week.

The petition was started by Youtube star Chrissy Chambers calling for the passage of a federal law that would criminalize the act of uploading “revenge porn” (sexually explicit photos/videos of someone uploaded to the internet without their consent).  On the petition’s web page Chambers describes how when herself became a victim of this degrading act when she began receiving messages containing links to videos of her and an ex-boyfriend who filmed them having sex without her knowledge or consent.  Chambers claims the video was uploaded to over thirty different pornography sites by an ex-boyfriend who she had a long-distance relationship with when she was 18 after they had broken up. As a result of the humiliating videos being shared across the internet, she began to develop night terrors and would have frequent night terrors and nightmares commonly involving her ex boyfriend hurting or raping her, and also became an alcoholic to numb the depression and anxiety she was feeling until she stopped drinking when she was hospitalized after passing out from drinking too much.

I therefore strongly encourage everyone who reads this to sign the petition to help urge our government to pass a law criminalizing this act as it has clearly caused a great deal of damage to Chrissy Chambers’ life.  Unfortunately this is only one individual case that is being made widely public while there is a countless number of cases similar to this one if not worse where individuals have had their lives as they know them ruined by this immature act of vengeance. It is clearly evident that this act causes a great deal of damage to the victims involved, and yet sadly the people responsible for the damage face no legal repercussions whatsoever  due to the lack of federal laws criminalizing the act of uploading and distributing revenge porn across the internet.  Hopefully this petition will help to change that and lead to the passage of a law that will protect those who have been the unfortunate victims of being filmed or photographed in any sexual manner without their knowledge and/or consent as well as achieve justice for those who have had such material of them shared across the internet and cause untold damage to their lives.

You can find a link to the petition here
You can also find a video of Chrissy Chambers explaining her ordeal here
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