Taking Revenge On Exes By Using Indecent Photographs
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Did your ex-lover, friend, or spouse post explicit photos of you on the Internet? If you have been victimized by a former lover or friend who has used your “private” photos and videos against you for profit or revenge you may have options. The state of Colorado has implemented new law aimed at providing you with the ability to pursue a civil case, as well as a criminal case against the perpetrator. In 2014 Colorado passed two statutes making that type of “revenge” a crime: C.R.S. § 18-7-107, which governs the posting of private images for harassment, and C.R.S. § 18-7-108 which prohibits and criminalizes posting private images on the Internet for financial gain. At least one person has been prosecuted under this law already.
Your body, your person, and your dignity deserve respect under law, and thankfully Colorado has enacted laws to prevent this type of abuse and mental harm from continuing to happen to people, just like yourself, who believed they were engaging in an activity with someone trustworthy. Our right to privacy is important and each of us has reasonable expectations regarding that privacy when we are engaged in a consensual relationship with someone. The breaking of that trust can be heartbreaking and cause damage to not only one’s psyche, but in many other ways.
An attorney specializing in privacy or criminal law can be of help to you at this time by helping you to make a sound legal argument that associates all of the required elements needed to establish that a criminal or civil harm was done to you. In order to create your complaint your attorney must seek to establish that the images posted fall under the categories listed in the statutes, that you are identifiable, the intent, and your lack of consent. As these necessary elements are pulled together, a case emerges.
There is a reasonable expectation of privacy under law that Colorado’s legal system now supports and defends. If your privacy and consent has been ignored and abused you have been victimized, but you do not have to remain a victim. You can fight back.
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