March 17, 2015
On Monday, Facebook re-released their rules for community standards and, for the first time, will actively ban nonconsensual pornography (also referred to as “revenge porn”).
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) praises Facebook for prohibiting the sharing of sexually explicit images without consent. This policy is a step in the right direction for victims whose photos and videos are often shared by abusers with the intent to harass, humiliate, or harm. Once images become viral online, victims are even more at risk for abuse and victimization. While abusers have used other forms of online harassment for years, the sharing of sexually explicit images of victims online to exploit and harm is increasing.
March 16, 2015
Why Doesn’t the Victim Just Leave?
This question is often asked in relation to victims of domestic violence. The reality is that “leaving” is not that simple; the most dangerous time for a survivor of domestic violence is when she decides to leave. Many abusers react with increased aggression and control when victims try to leave. In situations where the risk of danger is very high, survivors may even contemplate changing their names, their children’s names, and “going underground.” The reality, however, is that in this digital age with the amount of personal data available about people, “going underground” is nearly impossible.
Through our Relocation Counseling and Identity Protection Technical Assistance Project (a partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services), the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) helps advocates, attorneys, and other social service providers work with survivors who need to relocate safely. Recently, we hosted the “Putting the Pieces Together: Survivor Relocation & Identity Protection” conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Victim advocates, attorneys, and service providers attended sessions focusing on areas that could potentially pose risks for survivors relocating. Topics included how to use technology strategically to protect information, how to keep health information private, and how one can relocate safely while navigating legal issues concerning children.
March 11, 2015
Earlier today, Twitter updated their Rules on threats and abuse to prohibit users from posting “intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.” The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) commends Twitter on this policy change. For many survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, the nonconsensual posting of intimate images or videos is a common and devastating tactic of abuse.
March 10, 2015
Today marks National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Gender-based violence – supported by bias, discrimination, and disenfranchisement – lies at the center of the intersection between HIV/AIDS and abuse. Abusers use physical and sexual violence to control their partners.
March 7, 2015
Since 1911, March 8 has been recognized as International Women’s Day, a day to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women.
March 6, 2015
In today’s increasingly interconnected and mobile world, technology has become a necessity – whether it’s applying for a job, managing your to-do list, or keeping in touch, technology is usually involved. This level of connectivity, the necessity of technology, and its availability unfortunately poses risks as technology can also be misused by abusers to stalk, harass, and harm.