Anti-Revenge Porn Group BADASS Turns One

By Graig Graziosi
Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The group “BADASS” or “Battling Against Demeaning and Abusive Selfie Sharing” is taking aim at internet trolls who abuse and betray indviduals whose images have been stolen and shared on the internet.

YOUNGSTOWN

A group of local women who have given advice to Facebook, butted heads with Google and have helped thousands of victims of image abuse — more commonly known as revenge porn — are celebrating the first anniversary of their organization.

Battling Against Demeaning and Abusive Selfie Sharing — BADASS — began a year ago after founder Katelyn Bowden of Youngstown discovered intimate images of her had been posted to the internet without her consent after an ex-boyfriend’s phone was stolen.

With little protection in terms of state legislation, the police couldn’t offer Bowden much help. Frustrated, she and BeLinda Berry, a friend whose images also were stolen and shared on the internet, began the nonprofit BADASS to help victims of image abuse fight back.

By their first year, the group was responsible for having more than 9,000 images removed from the internet and identified more than 1,500 people who posed intimate images without the owner’s consent.

Since then, the board has grown, adding Kate Venable of Youngstown as the group’s treasurer and legal counsel and Rachel Lamp of East Liverpool as a technological liaison and chief strategist.

Bowden estimates that BADASS helps an average of 10 people daily. In its first year, the group helped more than 2,000 victims from 48 states and 19 countries.

“It’s been surreal,” Bowden said. “I keep waking up expecting it all to end, but our momentum just keeps growing.”
While BADASS has successfully raised awareness locally and online for the topic of revenge porn, the organization also has played a part in several material victories as well.

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