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17
Dec

Legal victory against “revenge porn”

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Suing for American Women
By: David Blade IV

This past week, an epic legal battle has been waged in Texas by Attorney Jason L. Van Dyke against PinkMeth.com, a “revenge porn” website that targeted for humiliation almost exclusively young white American females. “Revenge porn” is a recent phenomenon in which vindictive ex-boyfriends forward to smut websites the nude pictures that their former girlfriends sent to them via email or cellular phone as “sext messages” during their relationships. The website administrators then search for the contact and identification information of the women—including email addresses, residential addresses, phone numbers, Facebook profiles, MySpace profiles, and LinkedIn profiles—, and synthesize the information into a package that is then posted online for all to see.

Once their nude images are posted online without their consent, random strangers use the contact information to send lewd messages and images to the mortified victims of the websites. Van Dyke’s client believed the likelihood of sexual assault for her to be so great that she has seen fit to borrow a firearm from a family friend so as to protect herself from predators.

PinkMeth, which has now been rendered inoperative due to the efforts of Van Dyke, was sued in the 393rd District Court of Denton County of Texas on November 29, 2012, for over one million dollars in punitive damages. VeriSign, which acts as the registry operator for “.com” addresses, settled with the plaintiff out of court last week. On December 12, 2012, a temporary injunction was put in place by Judge Douglas Robinson to enjoin the deactivation of the website. Since then, other women have come forward and contacted Van Dyke to request his legal assistance in litigation against similar websites.

In a press release issued by Van Dyke today, he observed that his next goal is to identify, by way of his subpoena powers, the identity of the individual responsible for the content of PinkMeth so that he “can be brought to justice.”

Van Dyke is no stranger to conservative activism. On LewRockwell.com, there is an article about Van Dyke entitled “An ‘Honorary White Male’ in a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy,” which praises his conservative activism while he was an undergraduate student at Michigan State University. Years later, the neo-perverts of the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center saw fit to slur Van Dyke on their website as a “neo-Confederate lawyer.” The SPLC was displeased with Van Dyke, because he was once involved with and served as the legal advisor for the Michigan State University chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom, which gained notoriety on a national level after hosting as speakers: Chris Simcox of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps; Jennifer Gratz, who sued the University of Michigan over its affirmative action policies and took her case all the way to the United States Supreme Court; Nick Griffin of the British National Party; Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies; and anti-immigration hardliner
Tom Tancredo, who was then a United States congressman. Kyle Bristow, who was the chairman of MSU-YAF when these speakers were brought to campus, is a good friend of Van Dyke’s and is now an Ohio attorney. Bristow has said that he is seeking clients in Ohio to sue similar “revenge porn” websites.

With Bristow and Van Dyke aggressively pursuing justice for the female victims of the involuntary pornography websites, the “revenge porn” industry’s days may very well be numbered.

Since the cause is just, Van Dyke is representing his client in litigation against PinkMeth at no cost to her. However, litigation-related expenses—such as depositions, travel expenses, and court filing fees—can still be costly, so I encourage supporters of Van Dyke’s mission to send him cash or checks—with “PinkMeth” written on the subject line—for these expenses. Personal checks can be made out to “The Van Dyke Law Firm” and mailed to 16901 Dallas Parkway, Suite 250, Addison, TX 75001.