Women victims of “revenge porn” testify

It is a scourge, often with dramatic consequences, that has been attracting attention on social networks for years. Disclosure of pornography, more commonly known as “revenge porn”, refers to the fact of making public images of an erotic nature without the consent of the victim. Born in the United States, this phenomenon mainly affects teenagers, but adults are not spared. Among them, nearly 90% are women who watch dNaked photos of them or videos of their sexual relations exposed on the Internet. These images exchanged in the confidence of a romantic relationship, or even stolen, are posted online on pornographic sites or sent to the victim’s relatives, family or colleagues, sometimes prompting the victim to commit suicide.

On the occasion of a special evening dedicated to cyberbullying, on Wednesday March 30, France 2 broadcasts from 10:50 p.m. a documentary entitled intimate enemy, directed by Marie-Christine Gambart. Young women, victims of “revenge porn”, testify to this. Among them, Sofia and Samira. When they decide to leave their companions, they decide to take revenge. “When I told him I wanted to finish, he told me: ‘You have no choice, you can’t leave’, Sophia confides, her face uncovered. And there, he takes out my video card: ‘You’ll see, I’m going to retransmit all that.’ So this is obviously the biggest jump of my life. I say to myself: ‘But it’s a disaster: if he does that, I’ll die. And then he sent a picture to two, three people around me saying, ‘Look, I can do this.

Samira went through the same ordeal because of her ex-boyfriend. “Un jour, j’ai la désagréable surprise de ver que il va sur des sites de rencontres et qu’il a des échanges érotiques virtuels avec d’autres femmes. Je prends mes affaires et je decides to meet a terme définitif à cette history”says the young woman. Her ex-husband represents her revenge. “After the phone harassment, people came to ring my doorbell at all hours of the day. (…) It seemed strange to me. Immediately, I made the connection with him, but he didn’t have one. I say to myself: ‘I’. I’m still going to google myself’ and there I find dozens and dozens of links with my name, my surname, my city, my district and mentions that I am a whore and that I receive at home.

For Sophia as for Samira, lThe consequences are terrible, both psychological and physical. After the disclosure of her privacy photos to her family and on the Internet, Sophia falls seriously ill andt spends nine months in the hospital. She develops Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system, causing paralysis. “It takes a strong emotional shock, you have to be shaken literally, to trigger this disease. sofia says. I felt so bad inside, so mischievous, so ugly. And this disease came just when I wanted to be dead, when I wanted it to stop.

Samira has also experienced this desire to finish him off. “For several months, my family did not notice. The day I plucked up courage was the day I simply wanted to end my life. And there I went to see my mother (…) I started to cry, I told her: ‘Mom, I love you, I love you more than anything, but now I can’t take it anymore.’ She told me: ‘But what’s wrong, my daughter?’ And then she told him everything.”

Sophia and Samira got away with it, somehow, and filed a complaint against their executioners. Since 2016, a law allows convict proven perpetrators of “revenge porn”, as well as to all those who retransmit the contents, to two years in prison and a fine of 60,000 euros. A penalty that does not erase the damage caused by this practice.

The devastating ravages of revenge porn

The documentary intimate enemy, Directed by Marie-Christine Gambart, it airs on Wednesday, March 30 at 10:50 p.m. on France 2.

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