By Jennifer Zillman, Associated PressWASHINGTON — If you have a video of a man masturbating to a woman in a bedroom, and the video gets shared online, the chances are you’re going to have a bad time.
The Internet has become a place where people post images, audio, video and text without consent, and some even post a version of the video that includes explicit language, including sexual language, for the purpose of spreading rape and incest myths.
So far this year, more than 6,300 sites have been shut down by the U.S. government because of the posting of images or video of sexual violence, according to a list compiled by the Anti-Defamation League.
That’s almost twice the number shut down in 2016.
“If you are sharing a video and you see it on the Internet, you should be concerned,” said Andrew Guereca, director of the AntiDefamation Alliance’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
Guerec is also a professor of law at Rutgers University and co-founder of the Center for Law and Society at the University of Chicago.
“You’re sending the wrong message,” he said.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that more than 700,000 women are victims of cyberstalking each year, which includes online stalking, and more than 40,000 people die each year from cyberstalker attacks.
Many people don’t realize that a video on the Web can get posted without consent or even consent for the wrong reason, Guereta said.
If you have been sexually assaulted, you need to be aware of the potential consequences, including legal consequences.
If you are on the receiving end of such conduct, you are at greater risk of being harmed by it.
“You are at risk of hurting yourself and hurting others,” he added.
You need to know that you’re being watched.
“What can you do if you find a sexual assault or a stalking video on a Web site?
Gueereca recommends using an internet search engine, which will find the video or the story, and then contacting law enforcement if you’re not sure what to do.”
Gueretas website also includes a list of resources for people to report cases of cyber harassment, which include the U-S. “
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Gueretas website also includes a list of resources for people to report cases of cyber harassment, which include the U-S.
Department of Justice’s Cyber Crimes Unit, the FBI, local law enforcement and advocacy groups.
If a case is reported to law enforcement, Guedereca said it may include charges of stalking or cyberstalkers.
Gueseras website includes the names of people who have been harassed, as well as information on how to report incidents of cyber stalking or other forms of sexual assault.
It also provides links to websites for victims of other types of cyber bullying.
“The people who post these videos, they have no legal recourse,” Gueresa said, “and they’re being held to the same standards as any other person on the internet.”
He added that if you are the victim of cyberbullying, the person posting the video has no obligation to protect you.