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INSIDE EDITION Investigates

INSIDE EDITION Investigates "Revenge Porn" Websites


Airdate: 02/27/2013

Dawn, who asked us not to use her last name, got the shock of her life when she learned that very intimate photos of her had been posted on a website without her permission!   Even worse, her home town, cell phone number and birthday were also posted.

“I'm a single mother, I live by myself, so it's scary to know that if someone really wanted to, they could show up at my house at any given moment,” she told Inside Edition.

Dawn is not alone.  All across the country - women are finding their most intimate photos popping up on what's being called "revenge porn" websites, often allegedly put there by disgruntled exes.   

“I'm getting not-stop phone calls, vulgar text messages,” said Dawn.

Dawn believes the pictures  were posted on the website called,  “Is Anybody Down", by her ex-boyfriend after a bad breakup.

“In my heart I definitely know that my ex-boyfriend did this.  He's the only person that has these pictures, the only person,” she said.

Watch the entire video segment here.

“I have nothing to do with this,” her ex boyfriend emphatically told Inside Edition’s Lisa Guerrero.

He agreed to meet with Guerrero outside a shopping center in northern California.

"She claims that you're the one that posted the picture and her location and phone number.  Why would she say that if you didn't do it?” Guerrero asked Dawn’s ex-boyfriend.

"I think it was because of the breakup, it was on bad terms. After a while there wasn't a whole lot of trust between us because of the way it ended,” he answered.

"That's strange timing - that right after you have an ugly breakup, these pictures go up on the ugly website/that's hard to believe,” Guerrero followed up.

"And that's fine if people want to believe that, that's ok,” he responded.

Believe it or not, Dawn found out there was a way to take down the photos - but only if she paid $250 to a service called "the takedown hammer" which coincidentally is prominently advertised on the website where her pictures were posted.  

“They're scamming people to say, ‘oh, I just threw these pictures up of you now, pay me all this money and we'll take them down.’  It's a scam,” Dawn claimed.  

Inside Edition tracked down one of the guys behind the website where Dawn’s pictures were posted, Chance Trahan of Tempe, Arizona.    

Guerrero asked Trahan, “Women are saying that the fact that you're putting pictures of them on your site without their permission along with their phone numbers is putting their safety at risk?”

Trahan just giggled.  He seemed to think the whole thing was funny.

“Do you think putting people's lives at risk is a joke?” asked Guerrero.   
Trahan responded by slamming his door on Guerrero.

Dawn regrets ever posing for the shots. Now she's living in fear, aware that her provocative poses are out there -- along with personal information that can lead directly to her front door.

“I'm in such disbelief, I can't believe this happened. It’s horrible, it’s awful,” said Dawn.

Although Chance Trahan had nothing to say to us, he has stated that he only designed the revenge porn website and does not run it.  


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