Revenge porn ruining reputations with the click of a mouse
It takes just seconds to snap a revealing picture for a boyfriend or girlfriend. But a breakup can lead to it getting plastered over the Internet. It's a growing trend called revenge porn.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It takes just seconds to snap a revealing picture for a boyfriend or girlfriend. But a breakup can lead to it getting plastered over the Internet. It's a growing trend called revenge porn.
With a sweet smile and playful look Hollie Toups doesn't mind putting some pics out there for all to see.
"There's only one Hollie Toups around here," said Hollie.
But via Skype the Texas native recalls the day her most revealing and private photos intended for just one person's eyes wound up online for anyone to check out.
"I typed in the web site, expected to have to search my name or something, but definitely not the case. I was like front cover of the web site," said Hollie.
She's not sure who posted the photos, perhaps a former flame, but some photos on the site she said she never sent to anyone.
"I just slammed my computer. I don't know if I thought that was going to make it go away," said Hollie.
The photos were up for all to see on a web site called Texxxan.com, which is no longer operating.
"Not knowing who did this to you is even more frustrating. Where did it come from? Is it a friend, it's almost like everybody became a suspect at this point," said Hollie.
Some of these sites allow users to post simply by creating an account. On ugotposted, if you click on Nevada you'll see nude pictures from people in Las Vegas, Through the posting process you can even provide a link to a person's personal Facebook page.
Now Toups is getting revenge of her own. She hired an attorney and filed a lawsuit against Texxxan in Orange County, Texas for posting her photos online without her consent. Her attorney has this message for those seeking revenge.
"You will be as vulnerable as the woman you victimize," said John Morgan in a Skype interview.
But some people we talked to say the easiest thing is to not take the scandalous picture in the first place.
"I would say that you should probably think about that before you're allowing yourself to be photographed that's it's going to be used against you later on," explained Wes Jebb.
"I think it's kind of immature and you shouldn't post it on Facebook. It's nobody's business but theirs," said Michelle Salzer.
"I guess you trust that person at the time but you never know what's going to happen," said Karyn Robertson.
Now Hollie focuses on rebuilding her reputation after someone crushed her character with the click of a mouse.
"I know I will definitely never be taking pictures like that again. It affects your relationships because you don't want to get close to anyone again," said Hollie.
Hollie's suit against Texxxan.com is still active and hasn't been heard in court yet. There are some web sites that say they'll remove those proactive pictures from the internet but for a price. Some charge as much as $300.