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Campaign against ‘revenge porn’ unites Gambians
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Campaign against ‘revenge porn’ unites Gambians

It’s nowadays not uncommon among Gambia’s online community to see a woman’s naked photos making the rounds on social media platforms like WhatsAPP and Viber.

This could be the worst nightmare for the victims and the perpetrators are mostly ex-lovers, but Musty Jabang is up against the smear campaign. 

The UK-based Gambian has recently launched an online campaign to support young women who are victims of revenge porn (a nude photograph or video which is publicly shared online by an ex-lover for the purpose of spiteful humiliation). 

In a 3-minute long video posted on Facebook, he urged his fellow men to desist from humiliating their former flames. 

Musty said: “Real men treat women with respect. Real men respect their mums, aunties, sisters etc. The images I see people circulating online, it is just sad.”

His initiative was greeted well by Facebookers, who were quick to praise him for defending women.

One Fatou Mbye Njie wrote:“What goes around comes around, bro! I hope the men are listening! The girls also have to respect themselves!”

Princess Savoy, also living in the UK, shared similar sentiments as Musty. She said it is so sad that a ‘normal human being’ could leak naked photos of his ex-partner and be proud of it. 

“At the end of the day what do they gain from exposing a lady?” she asked, rhetorically.  

Sall Njie, the publisher of Voice Out Digital, also weighed in on the issue, telling women to be very careful when it comes to sharing intimate photos of themselves.

In her six minute video, she posted on Facebook; Sally said “The way social media is going right now is very scary. Remember whatever you do or say now can haunt you in the future. Even with your husband you should be very careful. There is no guarantee that you will be together in twenty years.”

Meanwhile, a girl (name withheld) who works with Zenith Bank along Kairaba Avenue is facing the worst embarrassment in her life after nude photos of her were leaked online. 

The personal pictures, sent to What’s On-Gambia, show the young banker posing in front of a mirror in a series of provocative poses. 

“She sent it to a married man, whose wife saw it and decided to send it to her friends. According to what I gathered, the man bought her an iPhone 6 and Range Rover,” said our reporter. 

Some social commenters are suggesting that The Gambia should come up with a new law that makes it illegal to disclose private sexual photographs and videos without the consent of the person depicted. But according to a senior journalist with Standard Newspaper, there are laws and all it takes is to ask the right lawyers, for example, Female Lawyers Association (FLAG). Or read the following legislations: Women’s Act 2010; Domestic Violence Act 2014; Sexual Offences Act 2014; Tourism Offences Act; Information and Communication (Amendment) Act 2014; and Criminal Code.

 

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