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NONCONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY
OR REVENGE PORN

Non-consensual pornography is the distribution of sexually explicit images or video of someone without their consent. This form of sexual abuse includes both images that were obtained with consent in the first instance, often within the context of an intimate relationship, as well as images that were obtained without consent, such as recordings from hidden cameras, stolen personal records, or recordings of sexual crimes.

The term “revenge porn,” which is a popular slang term for nonconsensual pornography, is somewhat misleading because perpetrators of this form of sexual abuse are not always motivated by revenge or personal animus towards the victim.

Nonconsensual pornography is a particularly pernicious form of abuse that can devastate the victim’s relationships and limit their future educational and employment opportunities. Even more reprehensible, it is often used as a tool by rapists and sex traffickers to pressure their victims into remaining silent about their abuse.

While victims can be either male or female, nonconsensual pornography – like domestic violence, sexual harassment, and rape – disproportionally harms girls and women.

Currently, only a handful of states have civil laws that explicitly focus on nonconsensual pornography, but skillful and innovative attorneys can often use existing privacy laws and the tort system to seek redress for victims of this public form of sexual abuse.

Our firm is committed to being at the forefront of prosecuting cases that develop and expand this relatively new area of the law. If you or someone you know is suffering due to the publication of nonconsensual pornography, please contact us.