“This Is not the speech:’ lawyer Carrie Goldberg, of the On revenge Porn

“This Is not the speech:’ lawyer Carrie Goldberg, of the On revenge Porn

When Carrie Goldberg broke up with her boyfriend for a few months to happen, scary things started. He sent her hundreds of threatening messages. He contacted your friends, family and even work colleagues on Facebook to spread malicious lies about you — and that is not all. One night, she opened her laptop to E-Mails search for E-Mails filmed with intimate photos of her, including a graphic video without your consent. Goldberg, a lawyer, went to the police and was told there was nothing that could be done.

thousands of dollars in attorney fees and a restraining order later, Carrie Goldberg has your traumatic experience into a career. She founded to represent your own company, people who were like her, the objectives of this type of abuse, and she’s written a new book: no one is a victim: the fight against Psychos, stalkers, Pervs, and trolls.

The book covers a range of situations, from a client, the mimics, on a gay-dating Website, the ex-friend claimed that he had rape fantasies, a woman pursued by her ex, which ended up sending bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the country. But, Goldberg says, most cases of nonconsensual porn involving women. “Almost every sextortion case I’ve ever heard, about women or girls,” she says.


Interview Highlights

what’s happening with people, the targets of revenge porn

So when it comes to pictures, I mean, we’ve had clients who have been dismissed, because to be a Nude photo on the Internet. We just got a call from a teacher who was forced out of her job because a student reported that she had found a picture of her on a pornographic website. And one of the things that is really traumatic for the victim is that there is a huge customer base of non-consensual porn, the detailed personal information. And so there’s there’s a lot of stalking by strangers to the victims.

would do something to improve the situation

I think Now, we need to be able to, our platforms shall be liable for the damage they cause. At the Moment there is absolutely no pressure on Facebook, on Twitter, on these giant companies, so you benefit from our communication and our data. You have no pressure from the market to develop products in a responsible manner. I feel that our court systems are so designed that the great leveler. You know, just for the cost of an index number, the my customers, who may not have a penny to his name, to sue Jeff Bezos could. Or in one case, my 13-year-old client, the New York City Department of Education, a multi-multi-billion-dollar unit sued. And if we can as a people … not right against a company, what incentive is there to create it all, what is safe?

On the freedom of expression argument

This is not about the speech … [is] a behavior. And when activists and libertarians merge everything, such as language and thinking, know you are used to … to this argument, with the non-consensual porn, if we criminalize, then we would lose all speech on the Internet. And now, you know, we have 46 States, the criminal revenge porn laws. And I think the speech is still pretty robust. But it has its limits. You know, we are talking about criminal acts, terrorist threats, deep fakes, people impersonated and their lives are completely overturned. This is not the speech.

advice for people who experience this type of harassment

My first piece of advice is very practical: you don’t delete any, screenshot of anything on your phone, online. And then just realize that you’re not alone. In my book I have pages of resources for all victims of revenge-porn-on-child sexual assault to sextortion, resources for the LGBTQ community. And I think that it is so important that victims and survivors have someone who is on your side, you know that you can say that you can rely on, because the scariest part of the whole process is the feeling you’re under attack itself. And the insulation.

tell your own story in this book

to have It is empowering, told my story. But I must admit that there are moments of confusion and fear, and “Oh my God, I really have all of this in the book?” And now, you know, when people say to me, you have read it, you know, there are parts of the book that I have not yet spoken about with almost anyone. … But, you know, there are still some complaints with the fact that I have all of this and all of these personal stories in the book. But I’m proud of it. And I feel that it is important. And one of the reasons why I did it, you know that I have so many personal information in it, because my clients give me everything. You tell me that the personal data of their stories. And then I put you in legal complaints, and these are public documents. And so, if you are so willing to expose so trust yourself, in order to promote their case and advance the law, then I do what if I do not after the same model?

This story was edited for radio by Janaya Williams and Natalie Winston, Friedman, and adapted for the Web by Petra Mayer

Released on Sat, 16 Nov 2019 22:22:00 +0000

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