Yahoo! Interviews Daliah Saper about Blac Chyna Revenge Porn Case

Blac Chyna made headlines earlier when her nude photos were leaked on social media by Rob Kardashian.  Now she’s combatting  the unauthorized release of a sex tape featuring her and ex-boyfriend Mechie.

Yahoo news covered the story in its February 20, 2018 article: Blac Chyna’s lawyer calls release of revenge porn video a crime — but what exactly is it?  Daliah was interviewed for the piece where she detailed the rise of revenge porn and discussed what governments, legal experts, and individuals are doing to stop it.

In recent years, Daliah has represented a wide range of revenge porn victims as plaintiffs in civil suits and has been a contributing revenge porn expert for national news media including CNN.  She has also presented on the topic of revenge porn at SXSW, the University of Chicago, and the NYC Porn Film Festival.

Read the full article titled here.

Here is an excerpt:

Daliah Saper is a Chicago-based attorney who has represented a number of plaintiffs in civil suits in which her clients have been the victims of revenge porn. “If you called me two years ago asking about revenge porn, this was a foreign concept for most people and certainly wasn’t a term in everyone’s vernacular,” Saper tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Now 38 states and the District of Columbia have statues making revenge porn some sort of a crime. The misunderstanding now is what should fall under those statutes and how we define what revenge porn is.”

Saper says part of the evolution of the public understanding of this crime was the transition from thinking that revenge porn could only be “a sex tape you weren’t aware of being taped or someone putting a camera in your bedroom that you didn’t know about” to the reality that “society condones and encourages the taking of images of yourself in various states — undressed, nude — as part of a romantic relationship, but with the understanding that those images will remain private with the person you are sharing them with.”

As such, Saper says many people continue to wrongly victim-blame when it comes to these kinds of cases.

“People say, ‘Oh it’s her fault — she shouldn’t have taken these pictures,’ Saper says. “But then I ask people to imagine Googling themselves and seeing their medical records online. That’s information you freely and voluntarily shared with your doctor — but you didn’t expect to be made public.”

Saper continues: “If someone searches your name and the first thing they see is a nude image of you in a compromising position, you can’t get a job. There’s reputational harm, there’s emotional harm. My clients in these cases always find themselves in a constant state of paranoia, constantly looking back over their shoulder wondering if someone is talking to them because of what they’re seen. You’re never really comfortable again after this happens to you.”

And, Saper adds, “What’s amazing is that the victims of these crimes range in age, socioeconomic background, many are professional women. I have had a client who was an attorney, a client who was a physical therapist. It’s not just … teens who do this because they ‘don’t know better.’ This is just how we engage in relationships now. You can be the victim of this regardless of who you are, where you are, and where you come from.”

If you have been the victim of online harassment, defamation, cyber-bullying, trolling, or revenge porn, contact Saper Law.

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