#March Against Revenge Porn: Legal Defense Fund

A Peacemaking Project by Leah J.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Revenge porn is a form of digital domestic abuse, exerted through methods of technological control and cyber sexual exploitation. As the internet has quickly become more accessible, this practice has frequently been used as a form of harassment, manipulation, and intimate partner violence. After enduring years of shame at the hands of online predators, I realized that my trauma was either going to kill me or drive me to action. I decided that no amount of humiliation could silence my voice or extinguish my spirit. In 2016, I founded the #March Against Revenge Porn (www.marchagainstrevengeporn.org), a cyber civil rights organization dedicated to helping victims of revenge porn by fostering communities, lobbying for federal legislation, changing the narrative around cyber-sexual assault, and building a base of economic, social, and political resources. The movement began with a successful march across the Brooklyn Bridge. By holding civil rights marches in major cities nationwide, I work to create an unavoidable image that must be addressed through public policy and social change. In founding the #March Against Revenge Porn, my goal has been to show victims worldwide that it is possible to live through this experience and heal through activism. At 21 years old, I've dedicated my life to a career in victim advocacy, public service, social equity, and tenacious justice. With this intention, I ask Peace First to assist me in establishing The #March Against Revenge Porn: Legal Defense Fund. This fund will aid victims with socioeconomic barriers to seeking legal justice after revenge porn victimization. Through my extensive cyber civil rights activism, I have learned that economic hardship serves as a major obstacle for marginalized victims seeking integrity through the legal process. A substantial legal defense fund allows vulnerable victims to meet with prestigious attorneys who fight on their behalf to hold perpetrators accountable. In addition to establishing this fund, I will continue to host #March Against Revenge Porn civil rights marches in cities nationwide, until revenge porn is federally abolished.

Comments:

Fish S.
20 February 2018 12:46

Leah, thanks for your courage in telling your story and your work to support others who have been affected by revenge porn. I love your idea to create a legal defense fund so that people of all socioeconomic statuses have the access they need to vindicate their rights! We'd love to help.

The next step (to make you eligible for our grant funding!) is for you to turn your ideas into a Compassionate Insight. Sharing your insight by Feb 28th makes you eligible for some awesome opportunities, including (once you've completed your project) the ability to apply for a free trip to the Peace First Accelerator Conference. You can do that on your project dashboard!

Let us know how we can help!

Adrian B.
29 March 2018 20:25

Hi Leah,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:
https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!

Best,
Adrian

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 14:50

Hi Leah,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian