Sextortion – are you aware of it?

As so many are flocking to cell phones and the ages of the users are getting younger, there is a topic that parents need to be aware of.

Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. Sextortion refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion.[1]

We as a society need to be able to band together to combat this psychological attack against our youth. 83% of the victims are female, and 46% are minors. Like physical sexual assault, it is estimated that only a third or less of the victims report the crime. 60% of the perpetrators knew the victim before the incident.

I have reviewed the evidence of one of these cases personally. No, I will not share that data as the victim does not deserve that. The portrayal below is based on that incident but is sanitized for her privacy. This was properly reported to the appropriate authorities.

Here is how this abuse occurred:

  • Victim received a text from an unknown source
  • criminal claimed that they had nude photos of the victim
  • They also recited her street address, including which room within her apartment was hers
  • the pictures were going to be shared on all forms of social media unless she complied with the criminal
  • the criminal wanted her to disrobe for more pictures
  • on a the second day the criminal resumed texting with a more aggressive tone
  • the same intent of getting more pictures
  • Criminal escalated to calling the victim and pressuring her to an online video chat service in Scandinavia (I believe in Norway) to excuse herself from family to go to a bathroom to disrobe and put herself on display.

As I and my colleagues tried to trace the evidence and find the personal data exposure, we were impressed with the victim’s awareness of protecting her data. She does not have her college address shared with any databases other than Amazon, and even they did not have which room was hers.

Text messages are very hard to trace unless you are law enforcement. Even for them, they are not easy. Because of my role, I was able to provide the FBI with the owner (not the user) of the phone numbers used to text and call the victim.  I was also able to  alert the abuse team at the video chat service so that they could review the actions of their users. Since I did not have a subpoena, I was unable to get data to relay to the FBI.

When the victim returned to campus, she found that her roommates were also victims. Since the issue was clearly involving a local perp, the apartment management was advised. They had a very lame excuse that this was a data breach when someone restarted the internet. I am still stunned with how stupid this answer is. The apartment management company did say that seven women had come forward. This number ended up rising to twenty when published by a local media source. The article was a plea for other victims to come forward. It is my personal opinion that the apartment complex has a rogue employee that needs to be identified, arrested, and prosecuted. So far this particular incident is limited to the complex.

When I asked if the abuse has continued, the victim stated that there has not been a peep since the police report was filed. The situation is getting great exposure on campus so the student body is much more aware.

If you check the links below, you will find that this situation is not isolated, but becoming more and more common.

Parents need the same level of awareness. This is the tool that you need to arm your kids (regardless of how grown that they are) so that they can fend off these pond scum samples.

Obviously the first line is to make sure that they do not have these kinds of pictures TO BE shared in the first place. I also know that this is wishful thinking, just like abstaining from sex before committed relationships. It is talking to them so that they know if they do not have content for the criminals to share, then why co-operate with their demands. Do not delete the texts, call logs or any other evidence. The local police (and likely the FBI) need to be contacted. Take the time to file the report. The perp needs to be caught. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Even if your kids DID have content that could be exposed, this is not the time to blame the victim. They did nothing to deserve this. My thought is to treat that situation as you would when your kid calls form a party/bar after drinking. Get them to safety then discuss when it is more mentally safe to do so. If your kids know without a doubt that you will stand with them, then they will be more likely to tell you of the incident so you can help them through it.

I hope that nobody that you know has to go through this, but the numbers indicate that it will hit close to home.

Related useful links:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/sextortion

https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/news-podcasts-inside-sextortion-and-the-lucas-chansler-case.mp3/view

Prosecutors: ‘Sextortion’ Cases Targeting Young Women At Alarming Rate

Sextortion

The Next Chapter in the Stubinville case

Unbelievable…

I am shocked (even though I guess I should have expected this kind of protectionism from the athletics community) that the West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is going to teach athletes to hide their rapes by not posting the evidence online.

God forbid that you teach these kids (and young adults) not to rape! You really want to just teach them to be careful about their sexual assaults?

What is the message that you are sending Mr. Ihlenfeld? I suppose that this is all the fault of the victims and witnesses to the respective crimes? They were asking for it or were egging it on? You want us to think that these are just good boys that are getting wrapped up in the heat of the moment?

No! This is not the society that we want to live in. If you want to avoid prosecution and being dragged through the mud but the people and the media… don’t rape women (or men), treat them with respect, accept a “no” when it is given. Accept that once they are passed out, they are no longer player in the romance game.

“Project Future” my ass you are PROMOTING rape by teaching young people how to better get away with it you slimy sack of shit!

Do you really think that cell phones and social media caused those football players to rape the drunken (reportedly passed out) 16 year old girl? Hell no! It seems to me to be more of a situation where the jocks once again thought that they could do what they damned well pleased.

“[H]is goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.”2

I stole the previous line as I could not have summarized it better myself.

We need to take a stand in situations like these. I am not a fan of adding law after law since we already have much of what we need for daily life. Is there something already on the books in this case, or is it something that common sense should already be covering. This ass needs to lose his job over promoting this. It is bad enough that the legal systems screws us on a daily basis, do we need them to teach our youth to rape our kids too (and have a better chance of getting away with it)?

Mr  Ihlenfeld, you are trying to protect the athletes form ruining THEIR lives? How about protecting them from  not ruining the lives of others simply because they are unable to keep their dicks in their pants. Teach them that if they cannot get a consenting adult to have sex with, then it is perfectly fine to jack (or jill) off like the rest of us.

 

here are some citations that I pillaged from the email that I got from Ultra-Violet (I suspect that they won’t mind since I am sharing their views on this one):

Sources:

1. Steubenville-Inspired Program Teaches Teen Jocks Not to Instagram Rape, Jezebel, August 9, 2013

2. U.S. Attorney Kicks Off Drug & Social Media Education Program for Student-Athletes, U.S. Attorney’s Office, August 8, 2013

3. Ohio rape case prompts student athlete social media program, Charleston Daily Mail, August 8, 2013

4. Ohio Teenagers Guilty in Rape That Social Media Brought to Light, New York Times, March 17, 2013

5. Research Blog: Teaching Men Rape Prevention Actually Works, SPARK Movement, April 10, 2013

6. ‘Don’t Be That Guy’ ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent in 2011, The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2012

 

 

 

Hate crimes

I was tipped off to http://www.freep.com/article/20120828/NEWS06/120828010/MSU-student-s-mouth-stapled-jaw-broken-in-hate-crime-attack   as a potential topic, and I will take that on here.

It may not take the intended direction, as I have a few directions in my mind here.

First and foremost, I wish this young man a speedy recovery in all aspects.

As to the acts against him, I cannot fully express how much this bothers me. I may have issues with Israel, but I have no issues with her tribe.

One of the other directions I take with this is WHY does there have to be additional charges for this? Don’t we already have laws on the books to handle the situation? Do we need to add more?

Since there are differing levels of charges to apply, then they certainly seem appropriate in this case. I have no clue why the police are unsure if they apply. Unless it triggers even more paperwork for themselves, or causes other ramifications for their department as a result of having hate crimes in their jurisdiction.

What has given school districts “power”?

When did school districts gain “power” and authority?

Currently we are seeing them abuse their power by demanding pregnancy tests.

Those who deny them the joy or those that test positive are excluded from their education.

This screams problems on many levels from Title IX.

Why is it an educational issue if a young lady is with child, or cares about her personal rights?

There have been numerous overreaches overt he years. Normally they can get away with stuff if they can show that an issue will cause a distraction to the educational process.

In resent years we are seeing Tinker vs Des Moines being trampled. Kids can’t wear certain colors, or certain types of clothes. Certainly a bikini would be a distraction and is understandable for it to be banned. But a specific brand of jackets being banned, or sports teams? Really? Pull your heads out of your collectives asses and teach our kids to be reasonable people, not whiny little pukes.

 

Supplemental note:

I just found out that the ACLU’s threat to sue has halted this stupid action.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-08-09/pregnant-students-school-policy/56903646/1

The topic still stands as it is not JUST about the one district, but the entire education systems lunacy.

Penn State – who will pay for this?

With all of the abuse, dismissive attitudes, and coverup at Penn State, should their football program be suspended for a year or two?

Title IX appears to have an amendment called the Clery Act. The Clery Act makes sure that schools reports crimes that students involved students on or near campus.

Can a large university such as Penn State survive the revenue cuts that it would suffer if it could not have it’s football team? Or worse, what if they lost ALL sports, or financial aid in its entirety?

The school needs something to ensure that they will not permit any kind of cover up like this in the future, but to what extent? How badly do the students and surrounding community needs to pay for this?

Any financial penalty will be carried by the students and their families. killing the football program will hurt the school and again the same population pays as well as the people and businesses around the school.

Criminal History

This will be news to those that have not followed me for quite a while, but for those who has been swapping emails with me for longer than a year already know things about me.

Just to bring everyone to the same sheet of music, lets do some history.

When I came out of the Army in 1989, I was one of a multitude of homeless vets with service connected injuries. Some people have support networks in place, others, well others have to do what they can to survive. While I have not always made the BEST choices in life, I have continued to choose to continue my life. (sometimes it was a close call) Where am I going with this? I was living in the woods of a county park with two tents, one was home, the other was a closet.

I broke into a someones home and stole food (some wine as well) and a pistol. I got a job a week or so later, of all places in a mall working security. It was a job that would only last about five months as while I was at work a guy that was staying out in the woods with me for a few days found the pistol (A Ruger .22) and decided that he needed to be a dumbass and fired a few rounds getting the attention of a jogger. The State Police had to bring in three cruisers to haul my little campsite away. Imagine my surprise when I got home in the middle of the night to find the camp gone… I ended up sleeping in one of the empty storage units under the mall, and got caught. The situation was reported to the chief. He referred me to one of the little Honduran gals down in the food court as she had a room for rent.  It wasn’t a full month later of phone tag, that the county sheriff’s department figured out where I was. Funny thing about living in the woods with all of your military records and uniforms (remember I was just trying to live, not sneak) that they are able to figure out your identity in a hurry.  When they dropped by the mall to see me, they really enjoyed the fact that the only difference between my uniform and theirs was the badge, gun, and the stripe on my pants was twice the width of theirs. The humor was not lost on me while I was cuffed in  their office.

So, I sat in the detention center in the same cell that would later house one Michael Tyson, playing cards, watching TV, and eating indescribable hotdogs with kerosene-kraut. They charged me with Burglary with Theft Over. When it came time to go before the judge, the DA made me an offer that I could not refuse (or face up to twenty years as it was a night time burglary). I was given a once in a lifetime deal of Probation Before Judgement (PBJ). With PBJ if you complete the probation, pay the fine (and recently, do a little county lockup time (30 days or so)) then the court will have your records expunged. Legally you never have to admit that the arrest ever happened, let alone the court appearance.  So I had a year of probation, 100 hours of community service, and twelve years later found out about a 110 fine/fee. Had I stayed in Maryland for the duration of the probation, things would have been a bit easier.

I called my mother for Thanksgiving and discovered that she had a heart attack and wanted me back in Vancouver to take care of my sister (11 at the time) in case anything happened to her. So I called my PO and asked what I could do since I was not permitted to leave the state. The State of Washington was kind enough to accept the transfer of my probation. I went to Andrews Air Force base and caught a Lear jet to Colorado Springs and from there a Greyhound to Vancouver. I finished out my probation and put it out of my mind for several years.

I had a problem crossing the border into Canada, seems that the FBI/Interpol records (or where ever they pull your criminal files from) showed my arrest, but nothing for adjudication.  I was able to finesse my way into Canada on a one time pass. However I was aware that there was a problem with my legal situation. When I got home, I called Maryland and found out about a fee/fine that had yet to be paid. Boom, done fixed that with a quick money order. About six months later I received a few letters confirming expungment of the documents and certification of completion of the courts wishes.

A couple of years ago, I went to buy my son his first rifle and was denied at the federal background check. barooo? A couple of days ago, I was reminded of the rifle purchase so I emailed an address I found for the Washington State Patrol dept of records.  Tomorrow I will fax all of the documents I have and see if they will be able to restore the records to their rightful status.

While I was going through the documents, I found a familiar name. They were processed with the County Sheriff being Charles Moose. I had to laugh about that connection. It was however about four months before the DC Sniper opened fire. (perhaps another post about how close the sniper his to my various residences.)

With any luck, I will have another (much shorter) add on to this post soon. Wow 945 words. sorry all, sorta.