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23 Women File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Revenge Porn Site

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In what is likely the first case of its kind, 23 women have joined a class-action lawsuit against the “revenge porn” website Texxxan.com.

Not sure what revenge porn is? Congratulations, you’re a good person.

Revenge porn is what you get when jilted exes and one-time hookups submit photos and videos of their sexual exploits for public consumption. While some of the material on these sites has been stolen by strangers off of phones and computers, all of it has one big thing in common: The women in these photos and videos didn’t consent to share them.

Hollie Toups, a 32-year-old resident of Beaumont, Texas, is one of those women. In addition to signing on to the lawsuit, she publicly came forward to discuss her experience with revenge porn in an effort to encourage other women to do the same.

As she  told BetaBeat:

“I live in an extremely small town and the website was flooded with people that I knew,” Ms. Toups said. “Those of us on there go to the grocery store and everybody recognizes you. Not everybody says something, but you get a lot of like, ‘Hey, do I know you?’ or, ‘I recognize you from somewhere.’ But then you also get people that will just come out and say it.”

In addition to Texxxan.com, lawyers have also named Web hosting company GoDaddy.com in the suit:

“GoDaddy is profiting off of it,” said John S. Morgan, Ms. Toups’ lawyer. “The reality of it is at some level this issue of revenge porn has to become a public discussion and a legislative discussion and it raises issues of corporate responsibility. Why would an organization like GoDaddy want to give its name to this type of website?”

After discovering her photos on Texxxan.com, Toups contacted the site owner and asked him to remove them. “They replied and said they would be happy to remove the pictures for me if I would enter my credit card information,” she told BetaBeat. “I went from being depressed and embarrassed to being really pissed off.”

This kind of extortion is common with revenge porn sites, but Toups struggled to find a lawyer willing to represent her. After much searching, John S. Morgan, an attorney in Southeast Texas, agreed to help Toups build her case.

Many proprietors of revenge porn websites claim they are protected under  Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states that websites are not liable for content submitted by users. Morgan argues that because these sites advertise their content as being posted without the subject’s consent, they aren’t protected by this law.

But it isn’t just the website that Morgan is after; he intends to sue all those who signed up for a subscription on Texxxan.com, paying a monthly fee to get access to more personal information of the women in the photos.

Toups is optimistic that justice will be served through the suit, but is also glad to be talking openly about a problem so many women face in secret:

“I’ve been trying to figure out why this happened,” Ms. Toups said. “Maybe it happened to me so I could help someone. Several of the girls that I’ve been in contact with have been suicidal and I feel like if I had reached them sooner they would not even have attempted that. I’m one of the older ones–most of them are younger–so I felt somebody has to start it. And I knew that once I did even the ones who were scared would end up coming out.”



by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 3:39 AM
Replies (31-40):
parentalrights1
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Quoting motha2daDuchess:


it doesn't matter. You can't even post photos of other people's kids to facebook without parental consent so why should guys be able to post photos of women?
mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

And this is why I have never taken naked pictures of myself and sent them out. That shit doesn't disappear. It's a bell you can't unring. 

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

 Good for them

parentalrights1
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM
2 moms liked this
When are you people going to stop blaming the victim? You should be pissed off at the slimeballs sending pics and the slimeball site, but you focus all energy on how the victims shouldn't be victims.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I believe we can teach our children, both girls and boys, to make informed and good choices about these things without blaming them...For instance, we teach them how to drive a car safely, but they will most likely make some risky decisions and make mistakes along the way. They can still be in an accident, even if at no fault of their own or if they contributed through poor judgement just a little bit. We can't blame them for simply driving the car. Sooner or later, most kids are going to be driving a car. (insert having sex for driving the car the previous sentences and the rule still applies)

Quoting Lottie925:


I assume this is not in reference to my post about telling my dd not to take pics or videos, because I don't blame the victims but do want my daughter to realize that there are scumbags out there.

Quoting krysstizzle:

Exactly. I was just about to say the same thing.

Disgusting.


Quoting radioheid:

 I detest victim-shaming. How disgusting to see it right here, in this post, from other women.




North West Passage

parentalrights1
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM
4 moms liked this
The more I read the comments the more sick I feel.

Stop fucking blaming women for everything. Stop trying to make women wrong for being sexual beings or trusting someone they were with. Start holding men to higher standards instead of jumping to the "punish the slut" mentality
parentalrights1
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Quoting Lottie925:

Horrible! This is one of the things I will drill into my child's mind. DO NOT TAKE PICTURES OF YOURSELF NUDE, FILM YOURSELF HAVING SEX, OR TAKE PHONE PICS OF PRIVATES! It WILL come back to haunt you. 

Revenge from jilted men? That's sick. It encourages men to humiliate Women by exposing them sexually without permission.

lol @ "congratulations! You're a good person."



Men encourage eachother. Go to any message board directed at men and you will some sob post about how some guys girlfriend dumped him and you will see a bunch of others guys asking if he has any pictures or videos of her to upload to the Internet. Or sometimes the girl cheated (cuz you know only girls do that) and they think it makes it okay to try and permanently scar her reputation and hurt her forever
MrsSamMerlotte
by Bronze Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM
You can't even live anymore. You have a personal experience with.your so and pics or videos could end up online.
You go to walmart and don't notice the hole in the ass of your pants? No one will politely tell you, you just end up with your pic online.
It really is terrible
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parentalrights1
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM
If you look at the site, there are comments on the first page from scumbags blaming and making fun of her
PortiaRose
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

 wow.

 

so because a woman likes how she looks naked, she has no self respect? please tell me youre not that ridiculous on a daily basis.

Quoting lga1965:

Yes its obvious that they should pay for what they did. A website like that is sick. Revenge? That's. Horrible.
But still I question the decision to pose nude for anyone. I think its risky and is poor judgment. Pose without having a picture taken. What happened to being modest? Self respect?


Quoting celticwych:

 This kind of thinking reminds me of someone saying "she deserved to get raped or she asked for it wearing short shorts and revealing clothes.   Just because YOUR not comfortable with it doesnt mean everyone is or should be.  Im def. not comfortable with my picture being taken with clothes on let alone off.  My insecurities doesnt mean everyone else is wrong.  It def. takes more guts then I have but just becuase you pose for your boyfriend doesnt mean your exibitionist.  It means they trusted him. Just because someone has poor judgement doesnt make it okay for someone else to take advantage.  The people that posted these videos and pictures should be held accountable period.  Sometimes you have to put your money where your mouth is and to me they deserve to pay for there bad decision of posting just like the girls are paying for there bad decision of trusting someone with there naked bodies.


Quoting lga1965:


 This is bizarre and seems to reflect what is happening to people now. They are becoming amoral and narcissistic and cruel. First of all----why have a picture taken of you naked anyway? It is not a good sign and could mean you are an exhibitionist .That's something  most average people don't do and I would never have done or never will. Even at my best weight and sexiest figure, I would never have allowed anyone to do it, not even DH. Hidden cameras? What kind of people do you know who would do that?


 Its everyone's fault-the person whose nude picture is posted and the person who posts it at the incredibly crass and idiotic site. How can these women win ?are they really that naive to think what they did was innocent and wouldn't someday get them in trouble? Will they sue on the basis of being ignorant?I suppose they will win but it seems so obvious that they were using pooor judgement.


 

 

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