Stand up for yourself and others
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, has introduced legislation to close a massive gap in the Uniform Code of Military Justice by prohibiting military service members from sharing intimate images without the consent of the individual(s) depicted: Servicemembers Intimate Privacy Protection Act (SIPPA)
If your Representative is not listed as co-sponsor of this bill, ask them to #StandUp for us and support this bill to move forward to the Senate.
Together, we can get this bill to the White House!
Doxing refers to the practice of researching and disclosing a victim's personal information online, and particularly to invite others to use this information to harass them. Although not all posting of intimate or non-intimate images involves doxing, for most victims this harassment involves both posting photos along with full names, social media accounts, and even home, work and family contact information. It's a scary situation, and often the immediate feeling is often that your life is over. It's important when this happens to take a deep breath and remember two things:
- You're not alone.
- There are actions you can take right now.
Protect Our Defenders Foundation has created a network of lawyers and POD staff willing to assist rape, sexual assault, and harassment survivors, at no cost, for claims arising from being raped or sexually assaulted while on active duty, including claims relating to the various forms of retaliation.
C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, is a law firm operating out of Brooklyn, New York, that focuses on Internet privacy and abuse, domestic violence, and sexual consent. Carrie Goldberg is a Board Member and Volunteer Attorney at the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and its End Revenge Porn campaign. Not in New York State? Under special circumstances, they will pair up with local counsel to represent people in other states.
Donate to stand up for women in uniform who have been targeted by online abuse. Money raised will be donated to Headstrong, which provides free mental healthcare treatment for post 9/11 veterans.
DoD Safe Helpline is a crisis support service specifically designed to provide live, one-on-one support to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones within the DoD community. All helpline services are confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, providing survivors with the help they need, anytime, anywhere. Call toll free (877) 995-5247.
Sexual violence and substance abuse often go hand in hand. In some cases, substance abuse leads to sexual violence. In others, victims of sexual abuse turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. Click here for more information on programs to support substance abuse treatment and recovery.