Revenge Porn victim, the ultimate check list

Revenge Porn victim, the ultimate check list

Do you suspect that you are the victim of Revenge Porn (or image based abuse)?

 

If the answer is yes, you are one of the thousands of men and women around the world that fall prey to revenge porn and image-based abuse.

Many of our customers report a 'feeling' before eventually finding out that their worst nightmare is in fact, reality. As such, we've prepared the ultimate Revenge Porn suspicion checklist. 

Search Strategies

There are a few different ways you can go about attempting to identify whether your sensitive images have been published online. We've documented a few below:

1. Use Google's reverse image search. It seems counter-intuitive to 'upload' the image to Google so that Google can then search for it; however, we are of the understanding that Google does not publish this image, it simply uses it to search for similar results.
2. Search known revenge porn sites, like The Dirty, STD Registry, Liars and Cheaters and Shesahomewrecker.com (the name a few). 


If the above methods don't locate any content of concern, you might be in the clear. The problem, however, is that many sites such as forums or cloud-hosted folders are not indexed by Google. This may mean that your image is on a site similar to one we recently removed, which had over 14,000 images and videos of Australian women. 

Research Strategies

If you are still suspicious, you may wish to do the following:

1. Ask friends if they have heard/seen anything. Often, friends know about other incidents or websites that you can use as a point of research. In some cases, friends report knowing about the content however they are too embarrassed to tell the victim.
2. Ask the people you have sent these images to. Often, the original recipients aren't at fault. For example:

- Their phone is hacked and the hacker publishes these images;
- Their phone is lost and, as above, the images are posted; or
- The images are shared, sometimes within the recipient knowing.


Prevention

As with most things in life, prevention is often better than cure. Here are our three tips to protect you from falling subject to image-based abuse:

1. If you MUST share images, use apps like Snapchat or Instagram (single use view);
2. Do not include your face or identifiable body parts, tattoos or jewellery;
3. Delete the images from your phone, icloud account, image library etc. 


For information on removing revenge porn, see here

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team on 1300 039 196.