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If you happened to be on Twitter or Instagram at a certain hour yesterday and follow Rob Kardashian you might have had the chance to see all the lady parts of his baby mama Blac Chyna on display.

Rob, apparently ticked off about a photo that Blac sent him on the 4th of July kissing another man, decided the best revenge was to attempt to humiliate her online by posting nude pictures for his 10 million followers to see.  There’s been no word for Blac’s camp how she feels about his posts but this certainly isn’t unique to celebrities.

Revenge porn, as it is now known, has become a powerful weapon for male and female bullies everywhere.  It goes hand in hand with the other little goody “slut shaming.”   It is happening to girls as young as 12 and posts like this can have devastating and life-long consequences.

For celebs like Kardashian and Chyna it becomes the source of headlines but for our kids it gets circulated in a smaller but more damaging community – their school.  Young girls are too ashamed to admit to their parents what’s happening and they often feel it’s a hopeless situation.  Parents often learn too late what’s happening.  Latest statistics indicate that 42% of teens have been bullied online and of that group 20% have contemplated suicide and 1 in 10 have actually attempted it.

As parents we need to constantly reassure our teens that it’s OK to come to us for help, no matter how embarrassing the situation might be.  We also need to understand how to deal with online bullying situations.

The good news is that the majority of states now have laws against revenge porn.  In most it’s a misdemeanor but in some, like California and Illinois, it’s a felony.  Some judges, (and judgemental people) will argue that the girl shouldn’t have allowed the photos to be taken in the first place.  Regardless, unless the girl agrees to having them posted publicly, it’s a crime both for the person who originally posted and anyone who reposts or screenshots and later reposts.

So yes parents, use the latest Kardashian drama as a teachable moment for your teens.  Revenge porn is a crime and whether your daughter agreed to pose for a picture is irrelevant.  Make sure she knows that you will help her through whatever situation might arise and there will be legal consequences for the perpetrator.

 

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