Forward Message To…

By: Hagar Ibrahim

I wish this was about forwarding messages to your friends, but it isn’t. This goes to all my girls who fell hard enough to the extent that they exposed their hearts to ethically ugly people. This goes to the ones who were cautious all of their lives but totally destroyed their images because of one rookie mistake. This goes to the girls who are stared at in the hallways of a worthless building we’re trained to call “home” just because we’ve spent a couple of years with changing hearts there. This goes to my girl who not only showed her naked soul to some “man” but also showed her naked body.

The term “Revenge Porn” refers to sexually suggestive images of someone, typically a former romantic partner, that are posted online or otherwise shared without the person’s consent. This term started to become popular in the years between 2005 and 2010, this indicates that this phenomenon started spreading amongst those who are in their early 20s and sadly, us. While some people just enjoy humiliating their former partners by exposing their private pictures for the whole world to see, others try their best to financially benefit from the hot content they have on their devices; meaning that they sell these pictures/videos to people for money.

As children, we are taught that we take responsibility for whatever we do and bear the consequences of the decision we make. But if a child permanently scars another child, should the parents punish this child forever? Doesn’t make any sense, right?. People today are trained to look down upon the girl who sent said pictures to the person she thought was someone else, and don’t get me wrong, I am not justifying what she did and definitely not supporting the act of handing an irresponsible person an extremely expensive diamond. The effects of revenge porn can last a lifetime. The effects of revenge porn can range from geographic displacement to suicide.

Girls tend to not know how to deal with the situation where images of their naked bodies are on everyone’s phones. Some tend to keep this secret in their heart forever, some tend to lie and deny, some tend to confront their parents for help. In my opinion, option 3 is always the best because your parents are responsible adults who can take legal measures towards the person who illegally shared your photos without your consent; but let’s be realistic, if your mother shows up to Egyptian authorities telling them about your situation, we all know how ugly the results will end up being. As for those who chose options 1 and 2, they tend to either beg their parents to change schools, or suffer with PTSD, or choose to end their lives because living with that big of a burden looks like an endless tunnel. PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Too scientific? Let me simplify that to you: imagine being stung by a bee, whenever you’re going to see a bee or a remotely similar you’re going to be scared to death, right?

The argument is still ongoing about revenge porn. Do those who sent photos/videos of themselves naked really deserve this? Are those who forwarded the pictures to others considered faulty as well?

To Be Continued….

One thought on “Forward Message To…

  1. i knew you 2 years ago , we were totally anonymous . where were you hiding this writing talent , go on u’re really brilliant with amazing character , wish u the best .


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