Cyberstalking And Revenge Pornography
Maybe a relationship went bad. Or someone’s decided that you’re their new obsession. Perhaps someone’s blackmailing you. In all of these situations and in countless others like them, the internet has become a weapon in someone else’s hands.
And that weapon is pointed right at you.
You Have Rights
Costello & Mains is one of the few firms at the forefront of protecting your privacy rights from one of the worst new weapons the internet affords to vindictive ex-lovers, enemies you’ve never met and people who bear you ill will for any number of reasons. Sometimes it’s called “revenge porn” or “cyberstalking,” but in the law, we call it nonconsensual porn (NCP) or cyber harassment. This is the sexually explicit portrayal of one or more people distributed without their consent via any medium. The sexually explicit images or videos might have been made by a partner in an intimate relationship with or without the other partner’s knowledge or consent. Or it might be any information obtained, properly or improperly, of an intimate or personal nature. Sometimes, the motive is revenge. Sometimes, it’s blackmail or just an attempt to horrify and humiliate. In all cases, the goal is to destroy someone’s peace of mind and his or her credibility with friends, family or employers.
How The Law Can Help
Costello & Mains knows how to use state, federal and local laws and statutes not only to bring you justice against the people responsible, but also to assist in holding those who host or use those images liable if they don’t take them down or remove them. In New Jersey, we have statutes and common law doctrines that, in combination, allow us to help victims get compensation from wrongdoers and force others to stop using, displaying or distributing the private material. We can also obtain court orders stopping the same wrongdoers from similar conduct in the future. There also federal statutes that speak to stored communications and the necessity of keeping those communications private.
The effort isn’t always easy, and it’s almost never inexpensive, but we know what to do, in what courts to do it, and as civil rights lawyers, we’re relentless in making sure that those who want to shame you, expose your privacy, blackmail you or take revenge against you live to regret it.