Cirencester girls' fury as images put on porn site

Rosy Webb, one of the victims of the website

Rosy Webb, one of the victims of the website

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GIRLS from Cirencester have hit out at the creators of a pornographic website after they realised their images had been taken from personal social media accounts and displayed in a degrading and distressing manner.

Anonib or Anonymous Image Bank shows pictures of girls as young as 15 from Cirencester and demeans them with comments such as “slut” and “bitch”.

Camila Hudson, 19, said she knew a few of the girls who had their images put on the website and all thought it was “just wrong”.

“There are tag names for all the girls in the pictures on the websites and people are even asking ex-boyfriends to send in pictures and videos now,” she said. “But some are just pictures of girls on holiday or showing a bit of cleavage. They’ve been exploited by this site.”

One of the more worrying comments on the site was an anonymous user requesting pictures of Deer Park and Kingshill schoolgirls. Staff at both the secondary schools in town said they had not been aware of the website until now.

“We regularly give reminders to our pupils regarding internet safety and we have also held a parents’forum on e-safety,” said Kingshill headteacher Christine Oates.

“However we were unaware of this site. It has not been reported to us by any of our current pupils or parents.”

Deer Park headteacher Chiquita Henson said pupils at the school were made aware of the risks they take in publishing images of themselves and each other in social media through the school’s e-safety regime.

“Staying safe online is incorporated into our assembly programme and various schemes of learning and these are routinely updated to ensure the guidance we provide is up to date and includes current trends such as Snapchat and similar.

“When we become aware of situations involving our pupils, individual cases are referred to the appropriate authorities and our pastoral team provide specialist care, guidance and support,” she added.

Gloucestershire Police have agreed that websites such as Anonib can often bring about bullying and a high level of distress to others.

"This case is also a reminder of how information posted on social media can fall into the wrong hands and be shared without the knowledge of the person who originally posted it," said a police spokesman.

"We would urge everyone just to be aware of their security settings when posting on social media and to be wary of who they share information or photos with."

Victim of the site 19-year-old Rosy Webb lashed out at the creator of the website by posting a public message on the forum, calling the users “vile specimen”.

"I feel sickened by this and would like to see the person who uploaded the photo of me get taught a lesson," she said. “To get the photos removed you have to give photo proof that the picture is of yourself.

“It’s made me doubt my friendship group as it is someone who knows me on Facebook who uploaded the picture," she continued. “They had no right or permission to use and share my photo without prior consent.”

The advice to all users of social networking sites is to restrict access to "friends" only to avoid abuse and cut down on cyber bullying.

AS THE Standard went to press, Anonib replied to our message. Below is the email they returned with:

"1. Anybody can post if follow the rules whats on the website. There is stuff whats not allowed and we fight and delete it on daily basic, any moderator or admin not post any image or something, just host that type site like any other: imgur, 4 chan or something.

We delete on daily basic illegal images if found, personal details and others. Btw there is tool what we create for report that to help us.

2. We report and help law offices if need some help about illegal stuff whats posted.

Thanks for your time, and sorry for english."

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9:01am Thu 16 Jan 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Well, the response from Anonib just goes to show their intelligence! Where did that spokesperson go to school? Let this be a serious reminder to all those who use social media sites and do not protect their account properly.
Well, the response from Anonib just goes to show their intelligence! Where did that spokesperson go to school? Let this be a serious reminder to all those who use social media sites and do not protect their account properly. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: -2

11:34am Thu 16 Jan 14

raddish says...

Jessica Rabbit wrote:
Well, the response from Anonib just goes to show their intelligence! Where did that spokesperson go to school? Let this be a serious reminder to all those who use social media sites and do not protect their account properly.
I don't expect they were English speaking, can you relay that message in perfect Chinese or Arabic?
[quote][p][bold]Jessica Rabbit[/bold] wrote: Well, the response from Anonib just goes to show their intelligence! Where did that spokesperson go to school? Let this be a serious reminder to all those who use social media sites and do not protect their account properly.[/p][/quote]I don't expect they were English speaking, can you relay that message in perfect Chinese or Arabic? raddish
  • Score: 14

12:54pm Thu 16 Jan 14

David Broad says...

Perhaps a timely reminder that in this digital age anything you put on line is likely to be used or abused by others. Even restricting access to "Friends" is dangerous as some "Friends" are not to be trusted and there are some very cringe worthy pictures pictures of people who should know better out there.
Equally many images are taken and uploaded by third parties over which one has no control, the photographer has the copyright where photos are taken in a public place .
Anonib's spokesman sounds like someone who is not a native English speaker, so probably outside the reach of UK law and I would be very careful about checking the site, it has scam written all over it, probably Phishing or harvesting victims details.
Personally I would not risk giving details to this outfit. The worrying thing is there seems to be a local pervert out there wanting pictures of girls attending these schools, neither of which have a sixth form. so essentially under age girls. Maybe GCHQ can track him down?
Perhaps a timely reminder that in this digital age anything you put on line is likely to be used or abused by others. Even restricting access to "Friends" is dangerous as some "Friends" are not to be trusted and there are some very cringe worthy pictures pictures of people who should know better out there. Equally many images are taken and uploaded by third parties over which one has no control, the photographer has the copyright where photos are taken in a public place . Anonib's spokesman sounds like someone who is not a native English speaker, so probably outside the reach of UK law and I would be very careful about checking the site, it has scam written all over it, probably Phishing or harvesting victims details. Personally I would not risk giving details to this outfit. The worrying thing is there seems to be a local pervert out there wanting pictures of girls attending these schools, neither of which have a sixth form. so essentially under age girls. Maybe GCHQ can track him down? David Broad
  • Score: 13

3:19pm Thu 16 Jan 14

kjag23 says...

David Broad you display the awful American view that the victim is at fault.
We should be able to post photos online without fear of them being used in a pornographic way.
Your view is essentially that of if a girl is raped wearing 'provocative' clothing then it was her fault and the rapist cannot be to blame as he was basically invited to assault her.
Perhaps we should instead be teaching boys that it is NOT okay to objectify and abuse these images of girls, rather than blaming the girls themselves?
I sincerely hope you do not, or never do have, a daughter.
David Broad you display the awful American view that the victim is at fault. We should be able to post photos online without fear of them being used in a pornographic way. Your view is essentially that of if a girl is raped wearing 'provocative' clothing then it was her fault and the rapist cannot be to blame as he was basically invited to assault her. Perhaps we should instead be teaching boys that it is NOT okay to objectify and abuse these images of girls, rather than blaming the girls themselves? I sincerely hope you do not, or never do have, a daughter. kjag23
  • Score: -15

6:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Jimmyrustler66 says...

David Broad wrote:
Perhaps a timely reminder that in this digital age anything you put on line is likely to be used or abused by others. Even restricting access to "Friends" is dangerous as some "Friends" are not to be trusted and there are some very cringe worthy pictures pictures of people who should know better out there.
Equally many images are taken and uploaded by third parties over which one has no control, the photographer has the copyright where photos are taken in a public place .
Anonib's spokesman sounds like someone who is not a native English speaker, so probably outside the reach of UK law and I would be very careful about checking the site, it has scam written all over it, probably Phishing or harvesting victims details.
Personally I would not risk giving details to this outfit. The worrying thing is there seems to be a local pervert out there wanting pictures of girls attending these schools, neither of which have a sixth form. so essentially under age girls. Maybe GCHQ can track him down?
There is no way of tracking the person down, it's called anonib for a reason, it's an anonymous image board. I've come across similar images on 4chan (another anonymous image board) and tried talking to the person posting them. (I found out that the poster was from Stroud), although he stopped replying to me. He seems to be a frequent poster on 4chan, most likely between 18-21
[quote][p][bold]David Broad[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a timely reminder that in this digital age anything you put on line is likely to be used or abused by others. Even restricting access to "Friends" is dangerous as some "Friends" are not to be trusted and there are some very cringe worthy pictures pictures of people who should know better out there. Equally many images are taken and uploaded by third parties over which one has no control, the photographer has the copyright where photos are taken in a public place . Anonib's spokesman sounds like someone who is not a native English speaker, so probably outside the reach of UK law and I would be very careful about checking the site, it has scam written all over it, probably Phishing or harvesting victims details. Personally I would not risk giving details to this outfit. The worrying thing is there seems to be a local pervert out there wanting pictures of girls attending these schools, neither of which have a sixth form. so essentially under age girls. Maybe GCHQ can track him down?[/p][/quote]There is no way of tracking the person down, it's called anonib for a reason, it's an anonymous image board. I've come across similar images on 4chan (another anonymous image board) and tried talking to the person posting them. (I found out that the poster was from Stroud), although he stopped replying to me. He seems to be a frequent poster on 4chan, most likely between 18-21 Jimmyrustler66
  • Score: 0

10:43am Fri 17 Jan 14

Not Postman Pat says...

Despite all the advice given people insist on putting images on social media, all it takes is Ctl + C, Ctl + V, enter, and it's on whatever site the copy and paster wants to put it.
Perhaps this will just highlight how things you consider private can so easily become public property.
Learn and be safe people. Some of the hardest lessons won't be experienced in the classroom.
Despite all the advice given people insist on putting images on social media, all it takes is Ctl + C, Ctl + V, enter, and it's on whatever site the copy and paster wants to put it. Perhaps this will just highlight how things you consider private can so easily become public property. Learn and be safe people. Some of the hardest lessons won't be experienced in the classroom. Not Postman Pat
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Salendine says...

kjag23 wrote:
David Broad you display the awful American view that the victim is at fault. We should be able to post photos online without fear of them being used in a pornographic way. Your view is essentially that of if a girl is raped wearing 'provocative' clothing then it was her fault and the rapist cannot be to blame as he was basically invited to assault her. Perhaps we should instead be teaching boys that it is NOT okay to objectify and abuse these images of girls, rather than blaming the girls themselves? I sincerely hope you do not, or never do have, a daughter.
Blimey that is some leap. From sensibly advising against publishing photos to assuming that David woul blame the victim for rape. How offensive are you!?

I have a daughter, and do advise her about the perils of online photos. No point taking an idealistic view that men shouldn't do what they. Some do, and always will, and girls need to be aware of that, without getting the precautions out of proportion to the risk.
[quote][p][bold]kjag23[/bold] wrote: David Broad you display the awful American view that the victim is at fault. We should be able to post photos online without fear of them being used in a pornographic way. Your view is essentially that of if a girl is raped wearing 'provocative' clothing then it was her fault and the rapist cannot be to blame as he was basically invited to assault her. Perhaps we should instead be teaching boys that it is NOT okay to objectify and abuse these images of girls, rather than blaming the girls themselves? I sincerely hope you do not, or never do have, a daughter.[/p][/quote]Blimey that is some leap. From sensibly advising against publishing photos to assuming that David woul blame the victim for rape. How offensive are you!? I have a daughter, and do advise her about the perils of online photos. No point taking an idealistic view that men shouldn't do what they. Some do, and always will, and girls need to be aware of that, without getting the precautions out of proportion to the risk. Salendine
  • Score: 10

3:04pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Yanziboom says...

kjag23 wrote:
David Broad you display the awful American view that the victim is at fault. We should be able to post photos online without fear of them being used in a pornographic way. Your view is essentially that of if a girl is raped wearing 'provocative' clothing then it was her fault and the rapist cannot be to blame as he was basically invited to assault her. Perhaps we should instead be teaching boys that it is NOT okay to objectify and abuse these images of girls, rather than blaming the girls themselves? I sincerely hope you do not, or never do have, a daughter.
"...and we should be teaching thieves not to steal rather than having to lock up our valuables at night."

A valid point but entirely out of context in this case.
[quote][p][bold]kjag23[/bold] wrote: David Broad you display the awful American view that the victim is at fault. We should be able to post photos online without fear of them being used in a pornographic way. Your view is essentially that of if a girl is raped wearing 'provocative' clothing then it was her fault and the rapist cannot be to blame as he was basically invited to assault her. Perhaps we should instead be teaching boys that it is NOT okay to objectify and abuse these images of girls, rather than blaming the girls themselves? I sincerely hope you do not, or never do have, a daughter.[/p][/quote]"...and we should be teaching thieves not to steal rather than having to lock up our valuables at night." A valid point but entirely out of context in this case. Yanziboom
  • Score: 5

8:03pm Fri 17 Jan 14

kjag23 says...

I note that in the article the girls state their photos were set to private.
The girls have taken the steps to ensure their photos are not used without their consent however it is some boy who has taken these photos for his own sexual gratification.
Yet we are still blaming the girls?
I note that in the article the girls state their photos were set to private. The girls have taken the steps to ensure their photos are not used without their consent however it is some boy who has taken these photos for his own sexual gratification. Yet we are still blaming the girls? kjag23
  • Score: 1

10:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

David Broad says...

A frightening degree of ignorance displayed above, As soon as photos are shared on Facebook you have lost control of them, they appear on Friends timelines and it is down to the Friends Facebook settings which of their friends or general public can access them. We in local politics are very aware that our Facebook Photos and utterances and Twitter comments are scrutinised by people who are the antithesis of friends, but we learned the hard way,
The girls did nothing wrong, indeed I applaud their efforts to alert others to the activities of the unpleasant individuals lurking in the shadows of the internet.
A frightening degree of ignorance displayed above, As soon as photos are shared on Facebook you have lost control of them, they appear on Friends timelines and it is down to the Friends Facebook settings which of their friends or general public can access them. We in local politics are very aware that our Facebook Photos and utterances and Twitter comments are scrutinised by people who are the antithesis of friends, but we learned the hard way, The girls did nothing wrong, indeed I applaud their efforts to alert others to the activities of the unpleasant individuals lurking in the shadows of the internet. David Broad
  • Score: 3

11:42am Sun 19 Jan 14

Rex Cooper says...

Was it wise for the Standard to publish a photograph of one of victims ?
Is it me or is there some irony here ?.
Was it wise for the Standard to publish a photograph of one of victims ? Is it me or is there some irony here ?. Rex Cooper
  • Score: 9

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