Blogger says nude photo victims must take action

A BLOGGER has revealed the Toowoomba women whose nude photos have been posted online without their permission.

She urged them to go to police to bring down those behind Queensland's latest "revenge porn" scandal.

Toowoomba's Susannah Birch posted on her Facebook page the names of the more than 700 women who have had their nude and explicit photos uploaded to a New Zealand-based online storage device.

At least 12 Toowoomba women appear on the list, including a friend of Mrs Birch's who has previously had a private photo shared online.


Mrs Birch urged those who have had their "personal images" made public to go to police immediately.

"Anyone who has had their photos leaked should go to the police - this will continue until the people who leak these types of photos realise there are consequences," she said.

Queensland Police have said in a statement this week that it can not act without a complaint.

Mrs Birch said she was sick of seeing blame levelled at the women in the photos and not at those who leaked the photos or put them online.

"At no point is it okay to blame the people in the photos," she said.

"They are the victims.

"We should be pointing the finger at the perpetrators.

"These were photos that were sent between couples - not in general.

"People do things they regret, but it doesn't mean they're idiots for trusting the wrong person.

"Blame the person who shared them, not the ones who sent them."

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Mrs Birch said action needed to be taken to shutdown the site responsible and prevent the photos from spreading to other sites.

"Action always needs to be taken when someone's trust is broken to this degree," she said.

"Even if charges aren't laid, at least it is being made clear that this sort of thing is not acceptable."

Queensland criminal lawyer Emma Aldersea said disgruntled former partners were posting or threatening to post photos online of their exes to get revenge, but may not realise they are breaking the law.

Revelations that hundreds of nude photographs of Queensland women have landed online via a New Zealand website is the latest example of "revenge porn", she said.

The Slater and Gordon lawyer said the images were put online often in anger, but the consequences could be dire.

"Most people who engage in revenge porn act out of emotion. They are usually hurt and are motivated by a desire to get back at their partner - and more often than not they do not think through the consequences of their actions," she said.

"They need to be aware that this sort of conduct is actually illegal and can result in very serious criminal charges, even if they delete the post.

"If you are convicted, you could end up with a criminal record that could impact on your reputation, employment prospects and travel plans."

Because there is no state-specific laws around this, suspects could face Commonwealth charges.