File Sharing victims

A woman who has changed her name and moved cities to escape the scourge of the revenge peacock has warned.

Mikala Monsoon has renounced her right to anonymity as a victim of a crime after discovering her pictures on a web site with folders full of women "from every city in the UK".

She says enough is enough and she wants the crime to be taken seriously.

Police Scotland is now investigating the file-sharing website with explicit images of women.

Mega.nz is a website where people can share large collections of images, files and videos.

The website states that it does not tolerate illegal activities. By default, the link is disabled and the user account is closed.

Ms. Monsoon was sent a link to the site by a concerned former school friend.

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The site contained folders named after British cities

She told BBC Scotland's The Nine: "There were two connections, the first was girls in Scotland and had 146 names – one of which was my old name.

"Some had more pictures than others.

"There was another folder and instead of 146 names, every city in the UK had its own folder of subfolders, so that could be hundreds or thousands of people."

Ms Monsoon has not agreed to share the photos and is worried that others may not have them either.

The photos were not explicit and she says she was strangely relieved.

"Intimate pictures"

"I was relieved because it was my old name and the photos were old and unrecognizable," she said. "But I was very angry with the others, and I felt the need to talk about it because it happened so often and some attention should be paid.

"It is not treated properly."

The shared content included selfies, as well as intimate, bare content. Some of the folders reveal the full names and locations of the women.

Ms Monsoon decided to speak because it was the most recent incident she had suffered in the past six years.

Familiar pictures made by her when she was 17 were shared and the pictures reappeared in different places. She changed her name by documentary surveys and started a new life in another city to escape them.

She said, "I've been featured on many websites, including the new Mega, featured on a porn site and in a forum on reddit.com, one of the largest websites on the Internet."

She said she had been scared in the past and felt ashamed and humiliated, but now she is angry that the problem is not being treated properly.

"This happened for the first time when I was very young and I thought my life was over." I was worried about my family and what other people would think because the victims are being accused more than those who spread it life is torn to pieces. "

Ms. Monsoon is trying to help other victims and has set up the revengeonrevengeporn.com website to highlight the problem.

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This is not just fun and games and leaks some naughty pictures. This is something that makes people lose all their will to live. It's serious

As a result, women have contacted her on the mega-site.

"Many people follow them for a lifetime," she said.

"It influences their relationships, their careers, their possibilities."

She revealed, "I've received messages from people who are lawyers and kindergarten teachers, and they say that this will ruin their lives, and I've received messages from people telling me that their friends have killed themselves, because of such things.

"It's not just fun and games, it's also some cheeky pictures, it's something that makes people lose all their will to live, it's serious."


Familiar Sharing Photos: The Law

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Throughout England, Wales and Scotland, revenge pornography is a specific offense. (Northern Ireland is preparing amendments to include in its bill on harassment, harmful communications and related crimes.)

It is described as "sharing private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, another person without their consent and with the aim of causing embarrassment or distress".

The offense involves photos or videos showing people involved in sexual activities that are not normally performed in public, or whose genitals, buttocks or breasts are covered or underwear only.

It involves sharing the material as well as posting online.

In England and Wales, the maximum sentence is two years in prison, in Scotland five years.


Who discovers that he has photos, should report this to the police.

And Ms. Monsoon believes those affected need to stop blaming themselves.

She said, "It's not your fault, the shame should only be on the guilty party.

"Much of the content is taken over by someone else without the victim knowing anything about it, which fits in with any rape culture, and that should be highlighted – consent is increasingly being ignored.

"We can not let them win."

Det Supt Gordon McCreadie of the Scottish Police said: "Offenders often share or threaten to share pictures to try to give their victims power and control, which can be an absolute betrayal of trust, there are too few reports that they are not Consensual are parts of intimate imagery, possibly because people feel embarrassed.

"What I would say to the victims is not embarrassed – the police are not here to judge how you lead your personal life.

"Police Scotland continues to investigate this matter thoroughly and we encourage victims to get in touch early to receive evidence of equipment or support and advice on how best to minimize its impact."


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