Tuesday 22 August 2017

Your innermost secrets could go viral in seconds

Doxxing, slut shaming and revenge porn are all enabled by technology that leaves us vulnerable

ABUSE ON THE RISE: Margaret Martin, director of Women’s Aid, says the organisation has seen rapid growth in the number of women victims of ‘revenge porn’ seeking help and support. Photo: James Horan/Collins
ABUSE ON THE RISE: Margaret Martin, director of Women’s Aid, says the organisation has seen rapid growth in the number of women victims of ‘revenge porn’ seeking help and support. Photo: James Horan/Collins
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

LAST year, 2013, was the year of online viral porn. Not of porn stars, but your average punter. Someone's sister, neighbour, friend, colleague.

Ireland had never experienced anything like the phenomenon before.

Three separate incidents went global overnight, destroying the privacy of the people involved. There was nowhere for them to hide from the online explosion. Their names, faces, addresses and phone numbers spread rapidly along with graphic sexually explicit pictures. And all of this multiplied before their eyes.

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