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Saturday August 18, 2018
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Briones: Revenge porn

I DON’T get it.

Why would a girl send a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend using a medium that can easily be abused if their relationship turns sour?

Because I see it in the news all the time. The story, I mean, not the nude photos.

A girl goes to authorities with her sob story that her ex is threatening to upload pictures of her au naturel on the internet. In some cases, it’s not just photos that a guy threatens to expose but videos of him and her having intimate relations.

Seriously, are the two of them so good at lovemaking that they need to record it for the sake of posterity?

Anyway, this usually happens when the guy doesn’t want the girl to leave him. That, or he wants to get back together with her.

In the case of Ronnel Duran, the 24-year-old native of Barangay Teraza in Palo, Leyte who was recently arrested by the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) 7, he allegedly blackmailed his ex-girlfriend, who is a year younger, to have sex with him.

I guess he didn’t count on her going to the police to report the many text and chat messages that he sent telling her that he would send her nude photos to her family if she refused to sleep with him.

But she did. And Duran ended up being arrested in an entrapment last Saturday night.

Duran will face charges for grave threat and Republic Act 9262, or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

I guess it’s only fair to ask why Duran did what he did? Although the answer is already there. Because he didn’t want his sexual privileges stopped. Or because he wanted to hurt her the same way she hurt him when she left him. Or because he’s a jilted lover.

And before all the women out there throw a hissy fit, I am not saying that the guy is not culpable. Because he is, and he deserves to be thrown in jail.

But breakups are never easy. So why complicate it even more with nude photos or sex videos?

That’s why the ACG 7 chief advised couples, again, to avoid sending nude photos to each other to prevent incidents like these.

Experts call this scenario revenge porn, or “distribution of sexually explicit images or video of individuals without their consent.”

According to Wikipedia, “the sexually explicit images or video may be made by a partner of an intimate relationship with the knowledge and consent of the subject, or it may be made without his or her knowledge. The possession of the material may be used by the perpetrators to blackmail the subjects into performing other sex acts, to coerce them into continuing the relationship, or to punish them for ending the relationship.”


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