An excellent article. For those saying the theft and dissemination of these photos doesn’t constitute sexual assault, Statistics Canada defines level 1 sexual assault as “an assault committed in circumstances of a sexual nature such that the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. Level 1 involves minor physical injuries or no injuries to the victim.” While these women have not been physically injured by the photos (at least, not that I’m aware of), I think we can all agree that their sexual integrity has been violated.
TW for talk of sexual assault, victim blaming, misogyny
You’ve probably heard about the nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence that were leaked online yesterday. The leak also included nude pictures of Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and several other women, but, naturally, it’s Lawrence who’s drawing most of the heat because she’s super-famous right now. She’s also known for being charmingly awkward and honestly if I had to place any bets I would guess that most people were hoping that she would respond to this with some kind of hilariously crass Real Talk about sex and her body and being naked. I keep seeing comments by people who want her to provide the punchline to this joke; what they don’t seem to understand is that this is not a joke, this is a form of sexual assault.
Jennifer Lawrence and the other women involved in this leak were photographed…
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