CCRI provides emotional support, technical advice, and information to current victims of online abuse. Victims can reach out to CCRI through the Helpline or our website and receive support from a Helpline Counselor or a Victim Support Specialist. CCRI’s Helpline (844-878-CCRI) provides access and communication to victims of nonconsensual pornography (NCP) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing the urgent support they need when their incident occurs. CCRI also provides victims—those referred from the Helpline, who contact CCRI through its website, and who are referred through a personal connection—with one-on-one support via email and phone. One-on-one support offers the victim the opportunity to get more in-depth support than the Helpline can provide and allows them to speak to the same person each time. (Victims who call the Helpline may speak with different counselors each time, which can be difficult for victims, who must recount their story each time and/or who have difficulty trusting new people.)
Public Education & Awareness
CCRI works to raise awareness and educate the public on NCP. In addition to posting information about NCP (e.g., applicable laws, resources for victims, blog posts, infographics) on our website, CCRI’s board members and staff give presentations about NCP at universities and conferences, participate in media interviews, teach Continuing Legal Education classes on NCP, contribute to documentaries on NCP and online harassment, and write op-eds for such media outlets as The Guardian, CNN, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Huffington Post.
Work with the Tech Industry
CCRI works with tech industry leaders such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google regarding their policies against NCP. CCRI works to encourage companies to develop design-based solutions to NCP and other forms of online abuse. In 2015, several major companies announced the banning of NCP from their platforms and the implementation of reporting procedures to investigate complaints.
In order to prevent NCP from happening to others in the future, CCRI supports the implementation of stronger laws that define and protect against NCP that also respect freedom of speech. CCRI’s Legislative and Tech Policy Director, Prof. Mary Anne Franks, provides consultative research support to legislators and their staff while they are drafting legislation. CCRI’s coverage in the media drives legislators to reach out to CCRI for input on their bills. Other times, constituents, who have read our “Educate Lawmakers” page, which provides individuals with instructions on how to contact their legislators and urge them to pass laws against NCP in their state, increases the awareness of legislators who then reach out to CCRI. This demand-driven approach ensures that lawmakers know that a NCP law matters to their voters and is not just the soapbox of another non-profit.
Our consulting work with legislators and interviews with the media concerning NCP legislation is greatly supported by CCRI’s legal research. To date, CCRI’s research has consisted of the information contained in the “Guide for Legislators”; model state, federal, and civil laws against NCP; a comprehensive infographic that outlines the anatomy of an effective NCP law; a list of states with NCP laws; and a list of ancillary laws.