Reporting David Goldstein
STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Exes are posting nude photos of women online in what has been dubbed “revenge porn.”
CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein said a certain website, which he chose not to identify, is the hotspot for ex-husbands, ex-lovers or ex-boyfriends to anonymously send in the naked pictures of their former significant others.
“Vicki,” a 28-year-old Riverside nursing student and single mom, said she found naked pictures of herself, along with her phone number, on the website. She later discovered her former boyfriend was the culprit.
“It’s horrible. It’s disgusting. It’s sad,” she said. “It makes me feel like somebody could possibly stalk me, somebody could possibly hurt me, somebody could possibly rape me, murder me. So I live in fear.”
Vicki told Goldstein, “My family could see these pictures. I have a 4-year-old son, and this could damage him, as well.”
Craig Britton, a 28-year-old from Colorado Springs, owns the “revenge porn” site.
He told CBS2’s sister station in Denver that he had no regrets about giving people a place to display revealing pictures of women.
“We’re not doing anything to hurt them. We’re not trying to hurt them. We’re not out for revenge or any sort of malicious thing. We don’t want these people to hurt. We just want entertainment. We want the money, so yeah, if it comes down to it, that’s what we’re after. We’re out to make a buck,” he said.
Vicki said Britton should “burn in hell.”
“He probably knows that people hate him because I do. I hate him,” she said.
Vicki said she blames Britton—more than her ex-boyfriend—for her photos ending up online.
“If there’s no avenue, how’s my ex-boyfriend going to post any pictures?” she said.
Goldstein said if women want their pictures taken off of the website, it can be arranged with what’s known as the “Takedown Hammer.”
The catch? It costs $250.
“I don’t think anyone should have to pay any money to get their unwanted pictures removed,” said Vicki.
According to federal statutes, however, it’s perfectly legal.
Charlotte Laws of Woodland Hills said topless pictures of her daughter were posted online.
“The problem with ‘revenge porn’ is that it’s basically not a criminal act,” she said.
Laws said she’s now become an advocate against “revenge porn.”
“It’s not the victim’s fault. So many people want to blame the victim just like, 20, 30 years ago, they liked to blame the rape victim. No, that’s not it. We need to change the law so these victims are not further victimized,” she said.
Several states are looking into some way to prevent pictures from ending up online without permission.