Exposed Online: Naked, intimate pictures swapped for fun, to embarass

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Sometimes the motive is revenge. Other times it's to brag.

In every case, women and girls become victims, finding out that private, intimate images of themselves are not, in fact, as private as they thought.

Ex-lovers to casual acquaintances sometimes turn to underground websites, posting or trading naked, suggestive, or compromising pictures of women and girls. The pictures often are shared in trust, a trust that those women and girls find out is broken after the damage is done.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recently found themselves in the midst of a huge scandal when it came to light that sailors and Marines were sharing naked photos of female service members without their knowledge on social media. Both branches moved to address the problem.

The reality for most people who fall prey to the sharing of the intimate photos is that there may be little or nothing they can do to fight back.

Thursday at 11 p.m., 13News Now at 11 looks at the issue of naked photo swapping, talking to women who have become victims, finding out what a person's rights are when intimate pictures have been shared.



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