Revenge Porn - What is it?

In many instances lovers, boyfriends/girlfriends, husbands/wives will create intimate or pornographic photography and videos with each other.  Individuals intend that the photos and videos remain private.  After the relationship deteriorates, one of the parties may then begin sharing the photos or videos with others, even going so far as to publish the material on third party websites.  This is revenge porn.

What can I do if I'm the victim of revenge porn?

If you are the victim of revenge porn, or may become a victim of revenge porn, you should contact a St. Louis, Missouri, attorney who is familiar with the procedures that can be deployed to protect you.  Unfortunately, Missouri is one of the states that as of 2015 did not have a specific revenge porn statute.  However, this does not mean that nothing can be done.  What can you do?  The first and most important objective is to acquire ownership of this material.  If the videos or photos were produced during a marriage, a divorce court retains jurisdiction to award ownership of the material to one party or the other.  If the divorce already occurred we can file a petition to divide undivided marital property in order to acquire ownership.  Finally, if the parties were never married, we can file a petition for declaratory judgment or civil invasion of privacy lawsuit seeking ownership of the material, a restraining order (preventing publication or ordering removal), or monetary damages.

The material was already published - is it too late to do anything?

Not necessarily.  Obtaining the appropriate court order conveying ownership or restraining anyone from publishing the material may be effective in obtaining a removal of the material.  This depends on your specific situation.

If you have questions on a revenge porn issue, or any other legal issue, please don't hesitate to call our office at (314) 725-4400.  Don't allow your potential embarrassment to impede your legal right to protect yourself.