Through QR codes, available in public parks and on main avenues in the city of Oaxaca, the DLR Collective brings to light the data of people, mostly men, who distribute intimate content of women residing in Oaxaca through digital media.
The initiative arises from the need to publicize on digital platforms and other spaces the identity of these people who distribute and, on many occasions, They sell intimate photos and videos of women without their consent, committing digital violence.
“Usually when someone sees an aggressor on the list, other victims decide to speak up, which encourages them to report”
The DLR Collective has been dedicated since 2020 to identifying, denouncing and sometimes unsubscribing user profiles detected on social networks, mainly in microblogging Twitter and the chat of Telegram, dedicated to the sale and distribution of this type of material.
They also detail that to date they have dealt with cases of digital violence in oaxaca and also in other states. From May 2020 to the same month in 2021, the group detected some 900 cases of women affecteds for the distribution of this type of material in a digital version; however, in the last year they detected at least 1,200 more cases. In other cities, the DLR Collective has detected 50 to 70 cases.
Following the dissemination of its work, which consists of investigating cases of digital violence and identifying the aggressors, DLR has collaborated with feminist groups in states like Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Sonora, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Puebla and Aguascalientes, where they will attend cases in person.
Despite the fact that digital violence and the dissemination of intimate content without consent are issues that are increasingly being discussed in the entity and that there are also more Oaxacan women willing to denounce, the processes do not advance, because they do not summon those indicated before the authorities, accuses the group.
“You need to arrive with all the data and evidence to rectify that the intimate material was spread from a device that belongs to the alleged perpetrator. They almost want a recording with the person making the social media post, which hinders the cases, That is why many people gave up continuing their complaint process. It’s a tiresome process,” laments DLR.
Before approaching this group, at least 30 people filed a complaint on their own initiative, but when they did so, the law in the state had not yet been reformed, so they filed another complaint for violation of sexual intimacy, they note. In addition, DLR accompanied some 28 different cases to initiate legal proceedings against those who had intimate material in their possession.
On July 11, 2019, Oaxaca became the tenth state in the country to pass the so-called Olympia Law, through which the distribution of intimate material without the consent of the person is sanctioned. The penalty for this crime is up to eight years in prison, in the entity. In November 2020, The Senate of the Republic approved a sentence of up to six years in prison for anyone who commits this crime.
The Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca (FGEO) notifies that in February 2020 the first case for digital violence was prosecuted, after which at least three others have been prosecuted; however, in the Mixteca region alone, the Marea Verde collective detected 50 cases.
What are the risks that this implies?
The DLR Collective explains that they thought of disseminating the list of those who distribute intimate material outside of the digital, through groups and complaints clotheslines, because they believe that social networks are not enough.
However, the group’s Facebook account is about to be terminated, as it is considered to contain “undesirable” content for the platform, since it has been denounced by designated distributors.
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They recently detected a group of men trying to attack the women who mobilized in #8M. In addition, a group of distributors sought to denounce the group, after seeing their data disseminated. For this reason, he started a channel on Telegram, in order to publish the list of those people who are dedicated to distributing the so-called packs.
“We have been publishing little by little what we have found in this time. Generally, when someone sees an aggressor on the list, other victims decide to speak out, which allows them to be encouraged to report”, explains the group.
The advantage of social networks
dlr it has detected 220 people who distribute intimate material; however, the identity of several of these has not been revealed on the recommendation of those who provide legal advice, because many are reported and spreading their data could affect the legal process. This list, they point out, is different from others held by collectives that gather a larger number, for which, they assert, it is a big and difficult problem to eradicate.
“We have sought a way for people to see the problem, but now not only digitally, so we decided to link the list of distributors to physical spaces through QR codes. Some were already placed in places such as the esplanade of the temple of Santo Domingo, but this one was ripped off. We are looking for businesses that allow us to install them, without the danger of ripping them out”they say
As part of the first stage, they specify, they placed 25 codes in a single day in places where many people circulate in the city of Oaxaca, such as El Llano, Belisario Domínguez avenue, the gas station on that avenue, Plaza Masarik, among other public places. ; however, they point out that the QRs were removed by passers-by.
The collective abounds that the pandemic has led to an increase in the distribution of intimate material, Well, many people began to use social platforms more frequently, due to isolation.
What can women do to avoid this?
Thus, dlr recommended to women not store intimate content on any network or digital storage service. And remember that to contact dlr they can send a message through social networks, where the phone numbers are public.