policeNicholas O. Olsen posted pornographic images of 20 women on the internet. Some of these photographs he solicited from women, and others he took himself five to 10 years ago. Some of the photos he received from men who had taken them of ex-girlfriends. He was also charged with sexual assault because he had sex with one of the victims, who was 14 or 15 at the time. The dude is out on a 75,000 dollar bail, wears an ankle monitoring bracelet, and cannot be on the internet. He is due back in court at the end of October. Courant.com has a quote from the police sergeant in the case:

“These young females have to realize that when they take a nude photo of themselves, and they share it with somebody, that photograph is time-stamped forever,” Mullins said. “That image is not going away. It’s not going to disappear, and it’s going to haunt some of the girls years and years later.”

 

These young females have GOT to realize! These young females, some of them as young as 12, have got to realize that when a 22-year-old man gets busted for posting their pictures online, there will always be someone just raring to blame the victims in these cases.

We should all be aware of what our kids are doing online. We should all raise our girls and explain to them that they should never allow themselves to be photographed because it can have horrible consequences. I get personal and parental responsibility. Girls should not be sending naked pics to men or letting them take naked or pornographic images of them because there is a chance they may end up online. But considering some of these girls are 12, I think maybe, just maybe, we should sort of be focusing on how the ONLY crime they committed is being young and dumb and trusting and now they get to have their naked pics floating around the ethers forever and ever. GREAT. How about this, maybe dudes shouldn’t be asking young girls for naked pics or taking naked pics of them? How about it? How about these disturbed revenge porn assholes just stop doing that, and if they see a pic of a naked CHILD on the internets, they alert the authorities instead of asking for a copy to be Emailed to them? How about it? So now not only do these girls get to feel horrible and awful and victimized and embarrassed and guilty about the fact their nude photos are floating around, we get a man telling them “Hey, it’s your fault. You didn’t realize.”

Plus, let’s keep in mind, that one of these young girls was raped. It just floors me that the police sergeant, a man hired to protect and serve, would just reply with “Welp, girls got to realize.”

No, how about this, how about the people who do this, usually men, GOT TO REALIZE that  victimizing a child in this way is a crime. How about that?

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