J.Law Speaks Out

Jennifer Lawrence speaks out and calls the hacking and release of her private photos a sex crime.

Jennifer Lawrence calls nude photo hacking a ‘sex crime’

 “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting,” Lawrence vented to V.F. contributing editor Sam Kashner. “The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

 http://www.aol.com/article/2014/10/07/jennifer-lawrence-calls-nude-photo-hacking-a-sex-crime/20973921/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing9%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D541695

 Last year I wrote about “Revenge Porn”:

Revenge Porn: Scary & What to Do About It?

Involuntary Pornography or Revenge Porn are a form of cyberbullying involving the uploading of non-consent pictures and shaming to the nth degree.

There are “thousands of victims of ‘involuntary pornography’ or ‘revenge porn’—nude or sexual photos posted online without their consent. Revenge porn gets its name because many pictures are posted by former lovers who kept sexual photos after the relationship ended.

https://royaranda.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/revenge-porn-scary-what-to-do-about-it/

But Jennifer Lawrence calls what happened to her (and others) a sex crime. Is it?

Let’s look at NY’s Code:

NY Code – Article 130: Sex Offenses:

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/nycode/PEN/THREE/H/130/130.20

And a chart of the above sex offenses for easy reading:

http://www.apextechnical.com/consumer/NYS%20Sex%20Offenses%20and%20Penalties.pdf

No “Revenge Porn” listed. Thirteen states, however, have enacted legislation since 2013: Ariz., Calif., Colo., Del., Ga., Hawaii, Idaho, Md., New York, Penn., Utah, Va., and Wisconsin. See:

The National Conference of State Legislators posted State ‘Revenge Porn’ Legislation dated 10/01/14

‘Revenge porn’ is the posting of nude or sexually explicit photographs or videos of people online without their consent, even if the photograph itself was taken with consent. A spurned spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend may get revenge by uploading photographs to websites, many of which are set up specifically for these kinds of photos or videos. The victim’s name, address and links to social media profiles are often included with the images, and some websites charge a fee to have the materials removed.

http://www.ncsl.org/research/telecommunications-and-information-technology/state-revenge-porn-legislation.aspx

The laws for NY appear below:

A.B. 2053

Relates to unlawful surveillance in the second degree and dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image in the first and second degrees.

A.B. 8181
Creates the offense of unlawful dissemination of lewd images. Prohibits the sale, publication or distribution of images in which a person is in a stage of full or partial undress without their consent.

A.B. 8200
Enacts the “indecent image or video removal act” to establish a civil cause of action for the posting on the internet of images or video of the intimate parts or sexual conduct of a state resident.

A.B. 8204
Amends the Penal Law. Creates the crimes of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the first and second degrees as a class E felony and class A misdemeanor, respectively.

A.B. 8214
Establishes the crime of non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit images as a class A misdemeanor.

A.B. 8311
Relates to establishing the crimes of revenge exposure in the third degree, revenge exposure in the second degree and revenge exposure in the first degree.

A.B. 9128
Amends the Penal Law; includes in class A misdemeanor of dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image in the second degree, the dissemination of an image of a person to a computer network internet website that is obscene, without the consent or knowledge of the person in the image.

S.B. 1982
STATUS: Aug. 1, 2014, Signed by Governor. Chapter 193
Creates the offense of unlawful dissemination of lewd images. Prohibits the sale, publication or distribution of images in which a person is in a stage of full or partial undress without their consent.

S.B. 3378
Amends the Penal Law; includes in class A misdemeanor of dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image in the second degree, the dissemination of an image of a person to a computer network internet website that is obscene, without the consent or knowledge of the person in the image.

S.B. 5946
Amends the Penal Law; creates the crimes of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the first and second degrees as a class E felony and class A misdemeanor, respectively.

S.B. 5949
Establishes the crime of non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit images as a class A misdemeanor.

Jennifer had more to say. Here’s message to people who viewed the pictures:

“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.”

And a message to the tabloids:

“You have a choice. You don’t have to be a person who spreads negativity and lies for a living. You can do something good. You can be good. Let’s just make that choice and — it feels better.”

Not bad for a 24-year old!

Is there emotional trauma for a star of her magnitude that puts herself out in the public eye? You bet! Here’s what she had to say about the impact:

“I’m not crying about it anymore. I can’t be angry anymore. I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace.”

Sadly, however, it’s not too easy to get rid of things once they are posted on the Internet.

Perhaps the safest thing to do is to follow some of the advice I posted in my article on Revenge Porn:

  • Think about the consequences of taking, sending, or forwarding a sexual picture of yourself or someone else underage.
  • Never take images of yourself that you wouldn’t want everyone—your classmates, your teachers, your family, or your employers—to see.
  • Before hitting send, remember that you cannot control where this image may travel. What you send to a boyfriend or girlfriend easily could end up with their friends, and their friends, and their friends.
  • If you forward a sexual picture of someone underage, you are as responsible for this image as the original sender. You could face child pornography charges, go to jail, and have to register as a sex offender.

Remember the dark side. Learn to respect it if not fear it.

And control that which you can.

 

Roy

 

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