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10 million Americans have faced threats of revenge porn, survey finds

Women and LGB people are more likely to be victims.

 

Jaya Saxena

IRL

Published Dec 15, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 9:23 am CDT

As more states create laws against revenge porn, research shows it continues to be a threat. The first ever survey offering national data on “nonconsensual image sharing” shows that 10 million Americans, about 4 percent, have been threatened with revenge porn.

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The report, from Data & Society Research Institute, is “based on a nationally-representative telephone survey” of 3,000 American internet users age 15 and older. Of those surveyed, 3 percent have had someone threaten to post or post explicit images of them online. That jumps to 7 percent for just internet users under 30, and to 10 percent for women under 30. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual internet users also reported higher rates (15 percent) of threats.

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“Our findings show that particular groups—such as young adults and lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans—are not only much more likely to be victims of nonconsensual pornography, but are more likely to experience a range of online harassment and abuse,” said Amanda Lenhart, one of the report authors.

Earlier this month, Oregon convicted its first person under its new revenge porn laws, and this summer a federal revenge porn bill was introduced.

H/T The Cut

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*First Published: Dec 15, 2016, 11:51 am CST