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Marianna Taschinger Sues Revenge Porn Site Texxxan; Over 20 Women Sue Over Nude Photos

By Melissa Siegel on January 25, 2013 2:32 PM EST 0

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Marianna Taschinger spoke to ABC News about her ordeal with Texxxan.com. (Photo: Screenshot / ABC News)

Marianna Taschinger is one of dozens of Texas women suing Texxxan.com after an ex posted nude photos of her on the website.

According to ABC News, Taschinger had been dating a man for several months when he posted her private pictures on the site.

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"He eventually got me to trust him and I did," Taschinger said. "I guess I didn't know that people were that horrible."

Taschinger told the Beaumont Enterprise that her boyfriend had convinced her to send him the photos, claiming that he would never share them with anyone else.

"I had a specific conversation with him because I didn't feel comfortable sending them to him," she told the paper.

Marianna Taschinger is now taking action, along with dozens of other women who claim they have been emotionally harmed by the website. The group is suing both Texxxan and GoDaddy.com, which hosted the website, for damages, and may also file a class action lawsuit as well.

Texxxan changed to a paid subscription service shortly after the lawsuit was filed, and the site is now down altogether.

"These sites are all about public humiliation," said their attorney, John Morgan.

Other women have also come forward against Texxxan and other similar sites. Hollie Toups, like Taschinger, shared her story with both ABC and End Revenge Porn. Toups, a teacher's aide, found out about the nude photos from a friend. She believes they were posted  by an ex-boyfriend, as she once sent explicit pictures to him while they were still dating.

Toups' photos on Texxxan also included some self-portraits that she had never sent to anyone. Her name and email address was also posted on the site.

Another woman in the lawsuit, Kelly Hinson, told the Enterprise that a stranger approached her at Walmart to reveal that he had saved nude photos of her on his computer. She is not sure who posted the pictures, which were taken by an ex-boyfriend. However, he committed suicide two months before they appeared on Texxxan.

Texxan is not the only example of a revenge porn website on the Internet. According to Wired, the trend began with IsAnybodyUp, which also allowed users to post nude photos of others and include their real names and hometowns, all without permission. The site was taken down in the middle of 2012, but Wired estimates that he earned around $10,000 each month on ad revenue alone.

This site was then replaced by imitator IsAnybodyDown, which also included the phone numbers of those pictured. Ars Technica reported that those featured on the site have to pay $250 for their photos to be taken down.

However, Slate does not believe any of these women have a real case. The 1996 Communications Decency Act states that websites are not held liable for content posted by users, even if it invades a person's privacy. The article instead states that Taschinger and the other ladies are better off forcing Texxxan to reveal the identities of those who posted the nude photos and then going after those people instead.

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