Pregnant women are being warned about the dangers of posting pictures of their bellies online.
Pregnancy support groups say that pictures of pregnant women are being stolen for use on pornographic preggophilia websites.
The Australian Multiple Birth Association has urged pregnant women to be careful about sharing the pictures of their pregnant bellies online. By doing so, the association says, these women have inadvertently shared their pictures with people who gather content for sexual, pregnancy fetish websites.
“People are posing as parents or expectant mums of twins or more and joining Facebook groups and sharing a photo of their pregnant belly and asking others to share theirs,” Ali Mountfield, from AMBA said, as reported by ABC.net.au.
Meg Ireland was shocked when she discovered 15 of the images she had shared online were featured on a pornographic site.
“I see so many people upload their bump pics and now I just gasp and hope to God they don’t get into the hands of someone they shouldn’t,” she wrote on Facebook. She is now sharing her experience with other expectant mothers and warning them about the dangers of online picture sharing.
“We shouldn’t have to worry about people stealing our photos, but unfortunately it happens all the time,” she said.
Speaking with KidSpot, Ireland said, “It never occurred to me that people would be totally into a tired, hormonal sweat ball. But they are, so please be aware when sharing pictures online of a growing baby belly.”
Dr. Wendell Rosevear, who works with sexual abuse victims and perpetrators, claims that unauthorized stealing of pictures is classified as sexual abuse. “There are as many sexual diversities and appreciations and fantasies as there are people in the world and that’s not an issue, unless one person doesn’t respect another person’s right to choice or privacy,” he said.
“Essential to valuing people is to respect their choice, so when you go outside respecting choice, it’s called abuse. But equally, the people who put the information there need to reassess their own choice about whether they put the information there.”
AMBA and other groups are removing people who may have fake accounts.