Kardashian scandal sparks revenge porn conversation nationwide

Kardashian scandal sparks revenge porn conversation nationwide

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Revenge porn can affect anyone, no matter celebrity status. Victims of this form of sexual abuse are emotionally harmed and shamed through this cyber-bullying.

"For the victim of something like this, they'll go through a lot of emotional ups and downs. A lot of times we see humiliation, embarrassment, and people are scared of who might see it," Leslie Timmons, Voice of Hope community educator said.

In a high-profile case of revenge porn, that's the buzz of social and mainstream media this past week. A judge grants reality star Blac Chyna a temporary restraining order against her ex-fiancee Rob Kardashian. He went on a violent rant and leaked her nudes to Instagram. Kardashian was then blocked from using Instagram, and then took to Twitter to continue his rant.

"As we have said all along, revenge porn is a form of domestic abuse. It is also a crime in California and 38 other states, and it's a civil wrong," Lisa Bloom, Chyna's attorney said.

While Chyna has a high-powered lawyer helping her in this case, most victims of non-consensual porn don't know how to proceed after the leak.

"They start questioning their ability to know what is real, to trust their instincts, so they kind of start second guessing a lot of things that they do and a lot of decisions they make in their life," Timmons said.

In Texas, the laws against posting intimate images are pretty straightforward.

"Unless there is effective consent for that to be public, absent of that, whoever does publish that can be subject to these civil and criminal penalties in Texas," Curtis Parrish, FOX34 Legal Analyst said. 

Parrish said these laws do a good job of protecting the victim.

"It creates two causes of action for someone who feels like they're a victim of this. It creates a civil cause of action, where they can sue them in civil court and get monetary damages. Plus it also gives the district attorney an opportunity to go after them against criminal charges."

That means the perpetrator can get up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. On top of being illegal revenge porn is a sexual offense.

"It definitely is a form of emotional abuse. It's something that is really hard to get over for people that have had their trust broken," Timmons said.

She advises to not slut-shame victims of revenge porn.

"Who hasn't made a bad decision? if you make one bad decision, it shouldn't result in something that may affect your entire life," Timmons said.

If you wouldn't be comfortable with your grandma seeing the pictures or videos you're sending, Timmons said there's a good chance you probably shouldn't be sending them out. 

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