Target: Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
Goal: Punish man who ran a revenge pornography website and committed blackmail
Even in a world where our privacy and personal lives are getting less and less sacred every day, there are still lines that should never be crossed. One of those lines involves posting nude photographs of someone else online without their permission. Be that as it may, websites like the now-deactivated ugotposted.com, run by Kevin Christopher Bollaert, allow people to do exactly that. But Bollaert didn’t just ask for nude photographs of people’s exes; he wanted names, ages, and extra information, all so he could blackmail the victims.
Bollaert blackmailed his victims, demanding that they pay up to $350 to have their pictures taken down–pictures that should never have been posted in the first place. Bollaert’s scheme was so lucrative that by the time he was arrested, he was making tens of thousands of dollars.
Bollaert needs to be punished. The emotional damage, not to mention the damage to his victim’s reputations, is unacceptable. In addition to prison time, he needs to make amends to each of his victims. Demand that California prosecute Kevin Christopher Bollaert to the fullest extent of the law for his crimes.
Dear Attorney General Kamala D. Harris,
Imagine the horror of waking up one day and finding out that a nude photograph of yourself has been posted online without your permission. This should never happen to anyone, but for the countless people victimized by Kevin Christopher Bollaert’s revenge pornography website, ugotposted.com, it was their reality. The price to remove these photographs? Up to $350, even though the subjects of the photographs had never given their permission for them to be posted in the first place.
By encouraging angry users to submit naked photographs of their exes along with the exes’ personal information, such as names and ages, Bollaert collected a substantial pool of blackmail victims. By blackmailing the subjects of the photographs submitted, he made tens of thousands of dollars.
This behavior is unacceptable. In addition to being financially costly, blackmail has serious long-term psychological and emotional effects. As attorney general, it is your job to make sure that criminals like Bollaert are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Bollaert needs to be made an example of, not just to ensure that no one follows in his footsteps, but also to assure women throughout California that they are safe from the threat of men like Bollaert.
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Photo credit: Kenna Jackson via Wikimedia