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‘It’s Like Having an Incurable Disease’: Inside the Fight Against Revenge ****

Discussion in 'PSHE' started by AndrewvanZyl, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. AndrewvanZyl

    AndrewvanZyl Occasional commenter

    Inside the Fight Against Revenge ****

    'Kara Jefts is a thoughtful academic in her mid-30s, an archivist and art historian at a Chicago university who never intended for images of her naked body to circulate on the internet. But in 2011, soon after Jefts ended her long-distance relationship with a boyfriend who lived in Italy, explicit screenshots from their Skype conversations began to appear online. They were emailed to her family and friends, posted on Facebook with violent threats against her, and even appeared on websites devoted to exposing people’s sexually transmitted diseases, with false allegations about her sexual history.There’s a name for what Jefts has experienced, a digital sex crime that has upended thousands of lives but still mostly eludes law enforcement: nonconsensual ****, more commonly known as revenge ****. The distinction is one of motive, not effect: revenge **** is often intended to harass the victim, while any image that is circulated without the agreement of the subject is nonconsensual ****. Both can result in public degradation, social isolation, and professional humiliation for the victims.'

    This was a harrowing and frightening piece of journalism, but it is a reality for many people and teens need to understand the consequences of what they post to the Internet. This piece might make them think before they share something inappropriate.

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