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Hillary Clinton Has A Lot To Say About Revenge Porn

Hillary Clinton had a town hall with digital content creators, sponsored by Beautycon, on Tuesday.

Clinton quickly transitioned the town hall to a question and answer session, with audience members asking about many specific issues.

Chrissy Chambers of BriaAndChrissy YouTube fame asked Clinton what she would do about revenge porn.

Chambers is a victim of revenge porn, where sexual photos or videos are shared without your consent. Chambers told Clinton she's been working to try and get laws on the books to punish people who post revenge porn.

Chambers is pursuing the first civil lawsuit in the United Kingdom over revenge porn. But like she told Clinton, just 34 states currently have laws about it on the books. There are no federal laws to cover the full nation.

Chambers asked Clinton what she would do about making federal anti-revenge porn legislation happen. First, Clinton praised Chambers, saying,

You are really brave and standing up, speaking out and taking action against the kind of behavior that you have experienced is so important, and I really thank you for that.

Clinton then said she would work as president to try and eliminate revenge porn.

She continued,

I will do everything I can as president to try to figure out how we can give victims like you the tools you need — and the rest of society should support — to be able to protect yourself, and by doing so, protect others.

After saying this, Clinton looked out to the audience of digital content creators and praised the work they have already done to stop online bullying. She also praised their ability to use the internet as a force for good, helping people who need it and who don't think they have anywhere else to turn.

Clinton acknowledged that online bullying, including revenge porn, is a real and serious problem.

She explained,

The bullying online, revenge porn, the kind of cyberstalking that is all too common ruins lives. It leads people to lose their confidence, their belief in themselves, to go into depression and in some cases kill themselves.

She said she heard about some of the creators in the audience before taking the stage, and is impressed by them, saying,

Some of you have kept people alive because you have been able to communicate with a person who was bullied, or a young person who was struggling with their sexuality and feeling all alone, and you were able to give that person a sense of survival and a feeling they weren't by themselves.

Clinton added that we all can never completely keep “bad,” “nasty” and “rotten” things off the internet; she then quipped that she herself is frequently a target of online hate.

But even though we can't keep all the bad stuff off the internet, Clinton said, we have to do what we can to make it a better environment. She appealed to the audience, asking them to help her out with this, saying,

When it crosses a line, when it becomes so threatening, so dangerous, we have to stop it. So I will do whatever I can to try to help you and help others who have spoken out because you're strong enough not to let yourself remain a victim. A lot of people aren't. So we've got to help you help them, and I will certainly do everything I can to bring that about.

It's always good advice to remind people to help each other out and use the internet as a force for good.

Citations: Hillary Clinton Tells Powerful Millennials What She'll Do About Revenge Porn (Cosmopolitan)

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Alexandra Svokos

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Alexandra is the Senior News Editor at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos
Alexandra is the Senior News Editor at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos

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