The Sexual Violence of Non-consensual Nudity

September 2, 2014 5:26 PM

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The Sexual Violence of Non-consensual Nudity

Nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and several other young female celebrities were leaked on the Internet this weekend. That one sentence will elicit several responses. Some people will rush off to Google to sate their curiosity. Some people will gleefully denounce her as a "slut" or think something to the effect of, Well, she shouldn't have taken them if she didn't want people to see. And only a very few people will feel sympathy for her, and recognize what distributing nude photographs without the subject's express consent truly is: sexual assault.

The subject of nude selfies isn't new. It's been covered from so many angles, it's practically a dodecahedron. Underaged girls sending their underaged boyfriends explicit photos of themselves have been accused of producing child pornography. Men sending unsolicited pictures of their genitals via tex...

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