Revenge Porn Constitute as Rape?

The other day I came across this article http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/12/florida-woman-victimized-by-nude-photos-fights-against-cyber-rape/ about a woman who decided to do what Time Magazine found four out of five college students engage in http://healthland.time.com/2011/07/25/how-many-college-kids-sext-four-out-of-five/ and the Daily Mail contended more men engage in than women http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2387833/Great-sexpectations-80-21-year-olds-received-raunchy-sext-messages-couples-worst-offenders.html. Sexting.

This young woman sent her then boyfriend some scathing photographs of herself which ended up online following their breakup. I won’t expose the entire article, but in the end the woman is now attempting to get the message out about “Revenge Porn,” when an ex shares private photos, videos, texts, etc., with the rest of the Internet world.

First, as EVERYONE should know, once it is online, it’s on there forever. Go ahead and delete or block, everything posted online is never really gone.

I feel for this young woman, but the logical, common sensical side of my brain ponders, why did she take and send these pictures in the first place? According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, rape is defined as “to seize and take away by force.” Was the woman forced to take these photographs? Were they seized by her then boyfriend? According to the above article, both answers are a definite no. Yet, does that mean the ex-boyfriend should go unpunished? If anything, I appreciate the author, #CristinaCorbin, used the ex’s real, full name. If anything, he should be publicly shamed for making poor choices as the woman.

People throughout the world, including celebrities, are learning if you have something on an electronic device, such as a SmartPhone or computer, hackers can easily access the material. How do you suppose the nude photos and sex videos are founded? In fact, a hacker can tap into your computer’s camera at any moment.

With all of that said, I ask again, why did this woman take such photos with her phone then send them?

I would like feedback from my readers. The woman’s argument she wants Revenge Porn to be labeled cyber-rape and should be banned in all fifty states, perhaps by the federal government. Which then leads to an entirely new topic: since the law and courts cannot keep up with technology, what are their options?

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