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To avoid revenge porn, don’t let someone film you having sex

How do you solve a problem like revenge porn? It’s a strange new social evil. More and more men are getting back at women who dump them by posting sex videos and/or photos of them online, along with their name and contact details for all to see. It’s not just a nasty man thing, either — apparently some bitter women are doing it, too.

The whole saga begins, in the public eye at least, with celebrities: Paris Hilton and the singer Tulisa, among others, had embarrassing sex tapes published on the web. In Tulisa’s case the dirty vid emerged just as her new album was out, which must been terrible timing for her and very painful.

As a subject, revenge porn has everything our web-traffic-obsessed media wants. Slebs, sex, porn, the net. Tick tick tick tick. Click click click click. Actually, by banging on about revenge porn, journalists may have helped turn it into a phenomenon.

Revenge porn is a proper ‘issue’ now — worth debating on Loose Women or Jeremy Kyle. There’s a petition asking David Cameron to ban it and a hashtag, #banrevengeporn. It has 2,5000 signatures already. Its author, Heather Robertson, started the campaign after she got royally revenge-porned by her army boyfriend. She hopes to make what happened to her a sex crime, like rape. ‘It should be encrypted into an act about privacy online, or in the sexual offenders act of sexual harassment act,’ she told The Telegraph. ‘The idea is that the effect it has on your life should be recognised.’

Well, I feel for poor Heather and anyone who finds embarrassing pictures of themselves made public, especially if they never consented to having the images taken (though there are privacy laws in place to deal with this).

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