Creepy Old Men Are Stealing Pictures From Your Daughter’s Facebook Profile and Posting them on Reddit. Consider Yourself Warned.

Call me naive. But until last week, I had no idea just how creepy “reputable” sites like Reddit could be.

Oh, I knew that pornographers used the internet to anonymously cater to all sorts of perverse fantasies. But I truly had no idea that creepy old men had been stealing pictures of scantily clad under-16 girls off their Facebook profiles and uploading them to Reddit for the sexual gratification of others who get off on that sort of thing, or snapping secret photos of girls breasts and backsides, and uploading them for the same purpose.

Disgusting.

It wasn’t until Gawker reporter Adrian Chen revealed the true identity of Violentacrez, who was famous for creating and moderating some of the most disgusting sections of Reddit–classy places like “Jailbait” (featuring pics of underage girls), “Niggerjailbait” (to keep Jailbait “pure”), “Beatingwomen” and “Chokabitch” (for those who get off on violence against women), and “Picsofdeadjailbait” (pictures of what else–dead teenage girls–because there’s nothing like looking at dead little girls to relieve stress after a long day of taking Creepshots of unsuspecting women)–that I realized the scope of this widely-accepted and apparently completely legal depravity.

The tragic suicide of Amanda Todd, a young teenager haunted by a topless pic of her posted online, makes more sense now. I knew about internet porn, I knew about sexting, but that this sort of atmosphere exists online–I just can hardly fathom it.

Happily, some of those subreddits have been banned now. But the internet is still the “Wild West” of modern society, and judging from the way “free speech advocates” have been rushing to the defense of Michael Brutsch (aka Violentacrez), (because all Americans should have the right to post pictures of unsuspecting underage girls online for the purposes of mass masturbation without being called out on it or suffering any negative consequences), we can expect similar sites to be cropping up.

Parents, please talk to your kids about internet safety. I think we all know that it’s perfectly normal for teens to experiment with flaunting their newly-found sexuality, whether it’s the old-school versions of Truth or Dare we played in middle school, or Temporary Hormonal Insanity 2.0 like posting those sultry, pouty-lipped self-portraits on Facebook, or flirting with adult ideas on Twitter. But it may not just be their circle of teenage friends admiring those pictures or reading those posts. And thanks to the internet, every moment of teenage indiscretion can be preserved for years to come, for the enjoyment of sickos who spend their spare time collecting and posting pictures of naive, insecure teenage girls.

Gross.

Here’s the story of Amanda Todd, the little girl who just committed suicide, in her own words.

 

10 Responses to Creepy Old Men Are Stealing Pictures From Your Daughter’s Facebook Profile and Posting them on Reddit. Consider Yourself Warned.

  1. Tim October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Jen, thank you for bringing another important message to light. The depraved mind is bound only by its imagination, and things can get awfully dark in there. This is another reason why I have not jumped and set up accounts on places like reddit, tumblr, etc. It’s best if I give them a wide berth, I think.

    Tim

    • Jenny Rae Armstrong October 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      It’s freaky, isn’t it? I’ve occassionally lamented my unfamiliarity with Reddit, Tumbler, etc.–no more!

  2. Laura K. Droege October 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Good post, Jenny. I really don’t know how to talk to my kids (ages 9 and 5) about Internet safety.

    I worry about those affected by internet porn in this way, girls like Amanda Todd. Once the pics are out there, they’re there pretty much forever. How can we (Christians) help those haunted by pornographic images of themselves, and help prevent suicide? (I hope my question makes sense; I’m not thinking well today.)

    • Jenny Rae Armstrong October 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      What a great question! I wish I knew. I don’t think our support systems have caught up to these sorts of issues yet.

      Regarding internet safety, there are a lot of great sites that talk about internet safety for kids–sites that are fun for the kids, too. But here’s the one big thing that parents seem to miss (and that I haven’t seen the sites mention)–all the kids I’ve known who have gotten into trouble online haven’t done it on their computers. They’ve done it on their phones, or iPods, or game systems, personal handheld devices that their parents don’t pay much attention to. So there’s the heads-up for future reference. ;-) My kids are 6, almost 9, 11 and 14, and I only really started to bite my fingernails about internet safety a year ago.

  3. AllForFreedomsButHowFarIsFar October 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I just cannot comprehend how these things are allowed to persist and exist. It disgusts me. And I want to be angry at society and the nasty men who probably gander at these pictures, as a man myself but how can I be angry when these girls are also at times really up to no good. I know some of these photos are usually quite clean and just friends among friends but there comes a point when I wonder if they are trying too hard to be adults and dressing in ways that can only elicit a response akin to “WTF.” It’s gross. I blame parents and I blame media and most importantly the lack of censorship on the internet.

    People need to remember that the internet might make us temporarily anonymous but that photo is someone’s daughter. What if that was your daughter? And the disgusting thing is this guy has children. Are they even safe in his care? I know that’s an absurd question but he clearly didn’t care about all these other little girls. Pedophiles are not mentally ill. I won’t accept that plea. I think they should simply be humiliated or killed.

    • Jenny Rae Armstrong October 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      I think one of the hard things is that young teens often have little sense about how to handle themselves (even if they’re NOT trying to get a response–which admittedly, many of them are), and parents often don’t have a strong enough understanding of all the ways a youngster can get in trouble with technology. We didn’t grow up with it–not the way they did–so it’s a whole new swiftly-changing world to map out and navigate. Imagine all the hoopla a girl would have had to gone through to even GET a provocative picture of herself twenty years ago–borrow a camera and buy some film, get the photos developed at some store where no one will recognize you, and hope your parents don’t pick it up, ala the movie Parenthood, get enough copies to give to whoever you want to see you looking sexy–preposterous! Nowadays, five seconds of temporary hormone-induced insanity, and the deed is done. The laws are going to have to get smarter, and so are the parents. I think getting stories like the one about Amanda Todd out too may help teens self-police, too. They have to know that there are consequences.

      • AllForFreedomsButHowFarIsFar October 19, 2012 at 10:55 am #

        I never thought about all that actually, the difficulty of getting a picture just developed and put out into the open. Wow it’s mind blowing to me as a kid who grew up in the 90′s in the middle of all this technological buzz. I definitely think that’s a really strong point and people were much more conservative around that time too. All of our morals are becoming looser and looser and that’s not exactly a bad thing and we really need to start thinking about how to hide all the bad from the innocent, specifically children and people who want to avoid these things. The situation with Amanda Todd disgusts me so much and is very depressing. She had such a long life ahead of her and some stalker creep managed to ruin it all. This is definitely reminiscent of the Rutgers suicide and I hope this man gets apprehended tried for this girls suicide. It definitely contributed 100% to her pain whereas the Rutgers one was questionable. He should be in jail and locked up for good before more people get hurt because I can assure you that man is probably a conscienceless monster.

        • Jenny Rae Armstrong October 19, 2012 at 11:06 am #

          Yes, he should absolutely be prosecuted. The trick is HOW, and for what, exactly? Our legal system is still catching up, too. SUCH a rapidly changing world, with rapidly shifting threats.

        • Jenny Rae Armstrong October 19, 2012 at 11:07 am #

          Also, I think it’s EASY not to have a conscience when the other person is just a picture and some words on a screen…

          • AllForFreedomsButHowFarIsFar October 19, 2012 at 11:15 am #

            There needs to be some accountability one way or another. Just because I am a collection of images and things I have an interest in does not mean I am more abstract and more unreal than I am. The thing that blurs consciousness is the lack of genuineness and the difficulty to be empathetic with people especially when you never know if they are lying and they have no real reason to tell the truth. Everyone’s online persona is also rarely based in reality. And you are never as funny and cool as you think you are and people may always want to exploit each other to come off cooler and better looking or to get the creepy things that they want.

            Should the government start cracking down on things like Reddit? I don’t know but I think if Reddit seriously does not think anything is wrong with posting pictures that should have been private, maybe some of those website administrators should have their privacy invaded and their creepshots put on that nasty corner of the website.

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