McKayla Maroney: Nude Photos Could Make Her A Sex Offender Due To Child Porn Laws?

Posted: September 5, 2014 in My thoughts
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McKayla Maroney: Nude Photos Could Make Her A Sex Offender Due To Child Porn Laws?.

I wrote something similar to this when “Revenge Porn” was a huge topic in the media. How these women were being “victimized” because people were sharing photos and videos of them at various websites (most if not all of them are now shut down). I commented how there needed to be accountability not only for the person sharing the content, but also the person allowing that content to be made in the first place.

One such story was of a girl who at the time the photos of her were taken, was under 18 years of age. It was by “legal definition” considered child pornography, even though the girl (her name wasn’t released due to her being a minor) consented to having the photos taken of her. The guy who owned the site the photos were uploaded to was sued by this girl and her family for the emotional damage she suffered, and possible criminal action was being pursued for his dissemination of her photos as well. I wrote at that time that maybe this girl should be charged with “Distribution and dissemination of Child Pornography” as well.

I bring this all up because McKayla Maroney is in the news for a very similar issue. Yes she never intended on these photos (only one shows nudity, and not her face) being seen online, but I feel she should take accountability for her actions of taking these photos in the first place. You have to assume in this day and age that anything you do online will be seen by others. Every tweet, every FB post, every photo on Instagram, etc. If for even one second you think to yourself “should I put this online?”, then you shouldn’t. Many businesses today request access to all of a person’s social media accounts when considering them for employment. I myself would be fired from my career if they knew about this Sex Blog, my Twitter account, the fact I have nude photos online, etc.

Having said this, why is it that “some of us are held accountable” for our actions yet others are not? She’s a “celebrity”, so the real issue (why was a 15 or 16 year old taking photos like this in the first place- I’m not sure what her age was at the time of the topless photo she took) get skewed, and disregarded. Someone taking photos of themselves nude under the age of 18 should be treated just as harshly for creating that content as the people who distribute it for others to see. Also, the Millions of us who have looked online at her photos shouldn’t be treated like criminals for doing so. She like the rest of us should have to live with the decisions and choices she made. Not treated like a victim. She took the photos, not the hacker. The same goes for Jennifer Lawrence, and all the other celebrities affected by 4chan.

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