A leaked porn video can destroy lives

Imagine this. You and your partner have videoed yourselves carrying out intimate acts together. You think that this is for your private viewing. You wake up one day and discover that umpteen (make that millions) people have, somehow, managed to view it too. Your most intimate personal moment is now being widely shared online and has become public. You did not consent to any of this.

Your video has crossed the divide between public and private. You have now joined the Kardashian sex tape leak bandwagon unwittingly but you are an ordinary citizen who has to negotiate the Porn giants to persuade them to remove your video. While you may be the victim, these giants are making money off your video.

The fact that your life is slowly being destroyed by the day is neither here nor there to them. The industry thrives on profit based on titillation and, for some reason, the word ‘revenge’ in the title of a porn video is a pull on viewing figures.

Definition taken of the Government’s website

Numerous women have become victims of leaked videos or nude pictures either through an anonymous hack of their online accounts, via an ex-partner posting these or both. Hence the moniker ‘revenge’, which is recognised in law in the UK. The state of New York last week (26 July) introduced legislation outlawing this practice too. However, these sanctions apply retrospectively after the video has been shared. The first point at which these videos ought to be taken down or not even allowed to be uploaded in the first place are porn sites.

I am one of the five mums featured in the very popular three-part documentary called ‘Mums Make Porn’ which was screened on Channel 4 in March and April this year. One of my motivations was to publicise the negative fall-out of porn viewing on, both, kids and adults. ‘Revenge Porn’ victimises women. Some victims have become suicidal as a result of having to endure public shaming and losing jobs even.

I am delighted to be supporting the campaign called ‘#notyourporn‘. It was launched by Kate Isaacs when she witnessed at first hand the distress suffered by a female friend who was the victim of a leaked tape. The reticence of the major porn sites to act quickly has led Kate Isaacs to launch the campaign.

In ‘Mums Make Porn’ I sought to highlight the fact that not all females featured in sex videos were doing so through consent. Some are trafficked, some are drugged into compliance and some are unwitting stars. It is an industry driven by consumers so please do think about what you choose to watch. Your viewing choices on these porn sites can make a difference. My intention is to make you think before clicking on a category.

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