According To Him + Her: How To Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

Life & Love | Camille Travis | 09/05/2014 | 05:00 PM EDT

Consider these tips when taking control of your misused images

It's been one hell of a week for leaked nude photos.


The web nearly exploded Sunday after a stream of explicit images made their way around social media featuring A-list talent in some pretty compromising positions. Stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead confirmed the photos were of them, while Ariana Grande, singer/actress Victoria Justice, gymnast McKayla Maroney and others said the pictures linked to them were fake.


Later in the week, Jill Scott found herself swept up in the mix when a pair of racy photos hit the web that were supposed to be of the singer. She owned up to one, but denied being the "subject" of another.


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The scandal has rightfully shaken up Tinseltown, but has sparked an even larger conversation about digital vulnerability. And, coincidentally, it's a topic of interest on an all-new episode of "According To Him + Her." Our hilarious panel of experts will discuss the issue of "revenge porn" and if it's ever okay to release a cheating mate's nude photos.


Whether it's an Oscar-winning actress or the average joe, the distribution of non-consensual images is a serious violation of privacy and should not be taken lightly. Should you find yourself a victim of revenge porn, here are a few ways you can fight back.


Preserve evidence.
The first step to righting the wrong is saving any and all spaces where the content lives. You can preserve the evidence by printing webpages or saving them as .pdfs or screenshots. If the content is a video, make sure to download the entire video to a secure hard drive. With copies of the content in your possession, there will be no discussion about authenticity when bringing it to authorities.


Get images taken down.
It's important to act as quickly as possible in getting your image(s) out of the public eye. Contact the web host and demand the content be removed. Be firm with your request, letting them know that you will be taking legal action and will need relevant information such as the perpetrator's IP address. More often than not, the site will respect your request as to avoid serious trouble.


Get legal.
With laws on revenge porn constantly changing due to the evolution of technology and the web, it would be in your best interest to lock down a lawyer who specializes in such cases. They will be better suited to come up with a plan of attack based on the state you live in and the details of the violation. EndRevengePorn.com is a great source to find out how you can get help.


Be careful.
Always be mindful that we're living in a different day and age. Taking nude photos or recording a sex tape is totally up to the individual, but the consequences that come with a possible leak are also left up to said individual. Safeguard your racier content with strong and hard-to-guess passwords. Also, be cognizant of who you're sharing images with, if you're sharing them at all. Because once they're out, they're out.


(Photo: Picturenet/Blend Images/Corbis)

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