Revenge Porn, Online Harassment, Sextortion & Cyberbullying Protection

Whether online or offline, there are few experiences more harrowing and violative than victimization at the hands, or keyboard, of an online harasser, sextorter, or cyberbully. No matter if you live in New York City, New York State or anywhere else for that matter, when an ex-lover posts unauthorized and non-consensual intimate images, aka, Revenge Porn, with the intent to embarrass, defame, ridicule or harass you, he or she is well aware of the magnitude of your despair. What your tormentor may not know, however, is how you will not succumb to victimization no matter what he or she uploads to Instagram, posts on YouTube, shares on Facebook or simply spreads online for Google, Yahoo and other search engines to pick up. With the right Cyber Stalking lawyer and Revenge Porn attorney you will file a DMCA Takedown Notice, remove the naked images from search engines and social media, obtain an Order of Protection, sue for punitive damages and the infliction of emotional distress, and seek to have your tormentor prosecuted by a District Attorney. Simply, your Online Harasser and Revenge Porn distributor will not escape responsibility for his or her cowardly acts.

From emailing, or threatening to send, naked or sexual videos and recordings to family members, co-workers and friends, to uploading and sharing private and personal intimate pictures to social media platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Reddit, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, WhatsApp, and even porn sites such as Pornhub, the consequences of an online harasser’s actions are often as widespread as they are debilitating. No matter if intimate images are illegally shared on Google Drives or are on lesser known websites including Fail Blog, FMyLife, Periscope, or TextsFromLastNight, you need not submit nor surrender to your sextorter’s or cyberbully’ s malicious behavior. With the aid of legal counsel and attorneys versed in Revenge Porn, Cyber Stalking and other forms of Online Harassment, such as the criminal lawyers, Revenge Porn victim advocates, and former Manhattan prosecutors at Crotty Saland PC, not only can you fight back, but you can win.

Preserving Evidence: Protecting Yourself and Holding Your Abuser Accountable

No, you don’t want to see it. You certainly don’t want to watch it. What you need to do, however, is preserve “it,” whatever “it” may be. As quick and easy as a screenshot, preferably including the URL, preserving the intimate image, Revenge Porn video, picture, or other nonconsensual explicit post is critical. Without it you may lose the ability to tie your harasser to the upload. Moreover, if he or she removes the offending material and puts it up somewhere else, you may not know and wrongfully believe it is gone only to learn a few days later that it is now on a website based overseas. Whether your lawyer assists you in the preservation process is something you can discuss once you retain him or her, but do not fail to record the evidence that you will need to hold your ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend or other online cyber harasser accountable in a Criminal Court, Family Court, Civil Court or other forum.

Restoring Your Privacy: From Search Engine and Social Media Removal to DMCA Takedowns

Once adequately recorded and preserved, you need not wait and let the Revenge Porn linger. With the aid of your Online Harassment attorney you can contact the search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL, Ask – or the social media platforms to remove images and videos reflecting you engaged in sex, naked, partially exposed or other explicit imagery posted and shared without your consent. Further, even without their assistance, your Revenge Porn defense team can seek the removal of images and videos of your breasts, genitals or other intimate body parts by way of a DMCA Takedown based on a theory of copyright.

Using the Penal Law and Criminal Code: Prosecuting Revenge Porn Proliferators

Depending on the cowardly nature of your online predator’s conduct, his or her posting, uploading and sharing of sexually explicit pictures, videos and recordings without your consent is criminal. While New York State is a bit “behind the eight ball” in terms of a direct of specific statute criminalizing Revenge Porn, there are offenses in the New York Penal Law that may provide the foundation for the prosecution and arrest of your harasser. Fortunately for residents of New York City, however, there is an Administrative Code crime that not only allows for prosecution by the District Attorney, but it gives victims of Revenge Porn the ability to sue their victimizer in a civil court.

Sextortion: Not specifically “Sextortion,” Extortion, aka, Blackmail, is a crime in New York State. New York Penal Law 155.05(2)(e) codifies the law of Extortion and is at a minimum a class “E” felony pursuant to New York Penal Law 155.30(6), Fourth Degree Grand Larceny.

Sextortion: If not Extortion or Blackmail, similar conduct in New York may run afoul of Coercion laws. Depending what your sextorter demands in connection to the reproduction and distribution of intimate images without your consent, he or she may violate the class “A” misdemeanor or class “D” felony of New York Penal Law 135.60 and 135.65 respectively.

Revenge Porn: In effect only since February 2018, New York City’s Revenge Porn law is codified as Unlawful Disclosure of an Intimate Image. NYC Administrative Code 10-177*3 may not be a felony but the statute allows for misdemeanor prosecution in any borough of New York City – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island – for Revenge Porn as well as allowing victims to bring law suits against those who violated their trust even if you initially consented to a sexual recording. Know that even if you initially consented to a filming or recording, your harasser’s conduct is still illegal if he or she posts the images to cause you harm and does so without your permission.

Revenge Porn, Online Harassment and Cyber Stalking: Depending on the nature of the online conduct, as well as that offline, Dissemination of an Unlawful Surveillance Image, New York Penal Law 250.55 and 250.60, is a potentially chargeable misdemeanor or felony offense if the images posted were secured without your consent in violation of New York Penal Law 250.45 or 250.50, Unlawful Surveillance. Additionally, Stalking in the Fourth Degree, New York Penal Law 120.45, Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, New York Penal Law 240.30, and Harassment in the Second Degree, New York Penal Law 240.26 are potential offenses law enforcement can pursue in the criminal justice arena.

Whether a criminal record and incarceration is your goal, a Criminal Court Order of Protection is something you demand, you want to pry open the bank account of the man or woman who violated your trust, or all options are on the table, the Sextortion lawyers and former Manhattan Assistant District Attorneys at Crotty Saland PC can not only build a case and package it to the District Attorney’s Office in lieu of leaving it with the local police, but our Revenge Porn lawyers can maintain your privacy while best determining what crimes or violations are applicable to your specific circumstance.

Making Cyber Harassers Pay – Literally: Making You Whole and Punitive Damages

When you are “slut shamed” across the internet, intentionally humiliated, disparaged as a “whore” online, and your private intimate pictures or videos are spread across the internet or to family, friends, or colleagues, there is recourse outside the criminal justice system. From the days or weeks it takes to find and remove (or try to remove) explicit images, your unnecessary exposure to immense emotional distress, and the impact of the unlawful distribution to your reputation and career, there are many ways to attack your violator’s wallet, pocket book or bank account beyond mere punitive damages. Whether you want to punish your abuser’s finances and rightfully, compensate, enrich or merely make yourself whole, Crotty Saland PC’s cybercrime lawyers and Sextortion attorneys can secure the evidence you need and prepare you for a Revenge Porn law suit that will leave your sextorter or cyberbully a shell of the man or woman he or she thought when the Online Harassment commenced.

Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders: Criminal Court and Family Court Options

While a District Attorney will likely ask a Criminal Court Judge to issue an Order of Protection if your case is prosecuted after the arrest of our Cyber Stalker, if you decide that you do not want to go the law enforcement route you can still secure a Restraining Order. One option to pursue is if your online tormentor is a person with whom you had an intimate relationship as defined by law. Due to the nature of Revenge Porn it is likely you would qualify for a New York Family Court Order of Protection. Crotty Saland PC’s Restraining Order attorneys can make that determination, draft a Family Court Order of Protection Petition pursuant to Article 8, Section 842, of the New York Family Court Act, and ensure that your ex is served and answerable to his misconduct. Depending on many factors that our attorneys build out and demonstrate in the petition, a Family Court may grant you an Order of Protection for up to two or five years.

Online Harassment & Cyber Bullying Protection: Take a Stand, Take Control, You’re your Victimization Now

Revenge Porn, Sextortion, Online Harassment, and Cyber Stalking are all brutal means by which another person attempts to manipulate, humiliate, degrade, defame and destroy his or her target. While fear may lead to paralysis, know that you have options. With the right legal advisor experienced in the New York Penal Law, Family Law, and statutes both civil and criminal relating to Revenge Porn, Cyber Bullying, Sextortion and other offenses, the man or woman that preyed upon you through deceit and terror will soon become exposed as a frightened, weak, and apologetic coward.

Day or night, Crotty Saland PC’s attorneys, armed with their experience as criminal lawyers, order of protection attorneys, Revenge Porn and Sextortion advocates, and prosecutors, are ready to stand by your side, fight to remove your private and explicit images from the internet, provide you with the financial compensation you deserve, and hold your abuser accountable in the legal manner you demand.

You’ve done nothing wrong. You are underserving of shame. You are not a victim. Stand up tall. Now is the time to act.

Call the New York Revenge Porn lawyers, Sextortion attorneys and former New York City prosecutors at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today

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