It's been five years since an iCloud hack made hundreds of nude photos of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Amber Heard , available to essentially every single person on the internet. And yet, in that time, the perpetrators have largely gone unpunished, as have the many, many others who've brought about what's now a full-fledged phenomenon, known as "revenge porn. Of course, it's not just celebrities who are victims, but also regular folks and officials in the public eye. Take Katie Hill, who was a House representative and rising star of the Democratic Party until last week, after a harassment campaign involving the nonconsensual publication of nude photos forced her to resign. It's well worth reading Hill's lengthy, impassioned speech in its entirety. But perhaps even more significant is what Hill left unsaid: At no point did she use the words "revenge porn. Heard, unfortunately, would know; the year-old actor is all too familiar with the phenomenon in question. Now imagine that this moment never ends but repeats itself endlessly and that as it does, all you can hear is the crowd shouting, 'You deserved it,'" she wrote of the "humiliating, degrading, and life-altering" aftermath of the hack. Heard knows that her situation is somewhat unique: "I am a high-profile, white woman in the entertainment industry. I am fortunate enough to have fantastic legal counsel and access to receptive law enforcement agents.
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By Stephanie Haney For Dailymail. Amber Heard says her hacked naked photos from after still circulating around the internet and has slammed the use of the term 'revenge porn', because it implies the victims are somehow at fault. Heard also said that people who share explicit images online without consent should be punished during her appearance on ' The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet ' podcast. Heard said: '[The term] implies that there was an action, for which the victim was responsible. For you to seek revenge, it implies that somebody did something wrong.
Five years later — in the wake of another high-profile revenge-porn case, this one involving a former congresswoman who says she was targeted by a vengeful ex — Heard is opening up about the deep psychological impact the crime had on her, and calling for cultural and political change in how such cases are handled. And because nothing disappears from the internet, the torment will never end. The power of social media makes it possible for any person to be dragged before the eyes of the world. Heard also references the case of former freshman representative Katie Hill, who resigned from Congress in late October after a right-wing website reported that she had a sexual relationship with a campaign staffer and published intimate photos of her. Heard writes:. Last month, Representative Katie Hill of California resigned from office after nude photos of her were released without her consent.
Amber Heard is lobbying for non-consensual pornography to be punishable by up to five years in prison. The actress was at Capitol Hill Visitor Center to support Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation and Limiting Distribution which targets people who share explicit images of someone without their consent, also known as revenge porn. It aims to deter violators of intimate privacy, from vengeful exes to online predators who profit from and entertain themselves with the distribution of private intimate images. Inspiring talks, and even more inspiring women. Let's do this! Heard had her nude photographs stolen during a breach of Apple's iCloud service in , and she spoke about the degradation and humiliation she still suffers years on. Jackie Speier and John Katko. I continue to be harassed, stalked and humiliated by the theft of those images. Jennifer Lawrence has spoken publicly about her ordeal when her private photos were also hacked and published online in