Rape Videos Online

It’s safe to say that rape is not left-wing. Nor does it seem to be right-wing.

According to humanevents.com, many search engines give billions of people access to hundreds – possibly even thousands – of videos that show women being sexually abused, raped. humanevents.com is a self-described coservative website.

According to humanevents.com, there are graphic websites that that allow users to upload media anonymously or by using an alias. Rapists have uploaded videos of their rapes. Most of the women in these videos are young, heavily intoxicated or drugged, and in many cases they are unconscious.

humanevents.com found dozens of videos of women being raped, which together had been viewed more than 21 million times.

Pornography websites rely heavily on search engines to receive much of their traffic. Google and other search engines provide their users access to these pornographic sites, earning a profit from the increased advertising revenue that comes from having additional site traffic.

Users who find these horrific rape videos in the “videos” section of Google not only have access to the videos themselves but also can “preview” images that appear in the search results the search engines provide. This means users do not ever need to leave Google to see graphic pictures of these rape victims.

Over the past four months, humanevents.com made multiple attempts to get Google, Yahoo, and Bing to ban the rape videos, but after four months, not one had been removed.

Many websites themselves are based overseas, where laws to protect women from sexual crimes are minimal, and very little can be done by U.S. law enforcement to halt these videos from being distributed by pornography sites. This leaves victims with virtually no way of preventing these videos, which reportedly fit the legal definition of obscenity, from getting into the hands of millions of people – except through search engines.

humanevents.com writes that public pressure could force search engines to consider changing their policies so these videos are not so easily accessible. If search engines agree to permanently ban any website that shows rape videos, after giving a specified period for the websites to remove the material, this problem could potentially be solved overnight – since porn websites rely so heavily on search engines for their traffic.

Search engines that do not change their policies could be at risk of violating federal, and possibly state, law. The Department of Justice (DOJ) says on its website, “Federal law prohibits the possession with intent to sell or distribute obscenity, to send, ship, or receive obscenity, to import obscenity, and to transport obscenity across state boarders for purposes of distribution.”

Some may argue that taking down videos of rape somehow violates the right to free speech.

In 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. wrote:

“The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic … . The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger.”

So there are limits to the right to free speech.

Think of it this way: what if there were a video of your kid being raped on the internet? Would you want it up there?

How about obscenity laws?

humanevents.com writes that “Obscene material” has largely been defined in important Supreme Court cases, such as Miller v. California (1973). From those cases, a test has been formulated to determine whether material is legally categorized as obscene. The Department of Justice outlines the test online, indicating that “[a]ny material that satisfies this three-pronged test may be found obscene.” Below are the “three prongs”:

“1. Whether the average person, applying contemporary adult community standards, finds that the matter, taken as a whole, appeals to prurient interests (i.e., an erotic, lascivious, abnormal, unhealthy, degrading, shameful, or morbid interest in nudity, sex, or excretion);

“2. Whether the average person, applying contemporary adult community standards, finds that the matter depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way (i.e., ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, masturbation, excretory functions, lewd exhibition of the genitals, or sado-masochistic sexual abuse); and

“3. Whether a reasonable person finds that the matter, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

In other words, the law takes into consideration the views of the average person and community standards. Most people would probably find a video of an actual rape to be obscene.


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