#Celebgate is Revenge Porn and Sexual Assault

By Hysen Sisco

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In a massive celebrity photo leak, more than one hundred female celebrities have had their private, nude photos leaked online. Victims of this mass sexual exploitation include Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst and many others. Some of the photos have been authenticated by their owners, others are allegedly faked. Either way, this extensive release of images is revenge porn with a noticeable absence of male victims.

The leak went public over Labor Day weekend on 4chan, an imageboard website based on anonymity. The photos were then passed around the link sharing website Reddit.

The photos were not intended for public use, especially since the hacker(s) took great pains to access them through Apple’s iCloud, likely via the Find My iPhone app security feature.

The victims of this sex crime did not consent to sexual exploitation. The perpetrators took advantage of the victims’ notoriety and celebrity, already sexualized by the media. Whoever sought out and uploaded these images did it for the purpose of creating online porn and to humiliate these women. This is the essence of revenge porn. This is sexual assault.

In response to the media referring to these events as a “scandal,” Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson wrote …read more

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