Why revenge porn is so prevalent – and so dangerous

Why revenge porn is so prevalent – and so dangerous

| Jan 12, 2021 | Sex Crimes |

When intimate relationships end badly, one ex-partner may share previously private nude photos of the other with friends, family or the internet at large as a way to retaliate. Doing so is against the law in Maryland. However, social media makes this action, known as revenge pornography, simple to commit.

NBC News notes that Facebook is making efforts to stop such photos from spreading; however, there are several reasons why one might decide to post them despite the possible consequences.

A moment of anger

People dealing with a toxic or dying relationship may have multiple daily arguments with their exes, which can build feelings of resentment and frustration. Posting revenge pornography may occur in a moment of anger, during which people may not realize they cannot undo the action. Internet content tends to spread quickly, so even if they decide to take the images down even less than an hour later, they may already have spread further than intended.

An attempt to shame an ex-partner

Both men and women may engage in posting revenge porn as a way to shame their exes. They may do this because it helps them feel more in control during a breakup as it happens and may not consider how it might affect them in the future as well.

People who face revenge pornography charges may not have initially realized the extent of their actions when they shared the intimate photos of their exes online. However, actions committed in the heat of the moment may lead to consequences that include large fines and a prison sentence.