Revenge Websites

loveSeparation between partners can be devastating but online revenge websites can make the experience traumatizing as is the case for Desiree Capuano.

Capuano’s ex-husband Patrick Fox has assembled a website targeting his ex-wife throughout their custody battle for their son.  Fox has outlined Capuano’s sex life and painted her as a drug – addict and white supremacist. Although Fox was arrested by the police for harassment he was discharged as the judge found that there was a lack of imminent threat and no objective fear for personal safety due to the physical distance of the couple.

Similar cases have arisen regarding revenge porn websites where individuals have posted intimate videos or photos of their ex’s on websites as revenge. Motives for revenge include but are not limited to being cheated on, dumped for another person or just not being happy with the breakup terms. This kind of action is illegal in Canada and has serious repercussions. However, many argue that the law should extend further to protect individuals like Capuano despite the lack of physical threats to her safety.

ring-631383_640Some legal practitioners are beginning to argue that the world wide web requires stricter regulation in Canada. Some individuals feel that the law is not properly equipped to address matters of harassment and bullying as it should be. Although lawmakers have made attempts to address the issue of bullying among children and teenagers, some individuals argue that the same level of protection does not extend to adults. Perhaps this is because adults are assumed to be impacted less by such actions.

Moreover, some legal practitioners have argued that courts should begin to consider reasonable fear of psychological safety as a factor when considering such cases. It is argued that when these provisions were drafted in the early 1990’s no one had considered the implications of online harassment as its use was not as widespread as it is now.

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What is your stance? Do you believe adults should take these matters less seriously? Or do you feel this man should be punished for his actions? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Points of Discussion:
1. How are revenge websites addressed in your country?
2. What do you wish was different about how such cases are handled?



    1. Good point! I think many individuals would identify with that perspective. Freedom of speech does have it’s limits, i.e. hate speech such as racial slurs. We also have laws such slander and libel to legally protect victims of such offences. This particular case, I believe, many individuals would argue took the matter too far. What do you think?

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  1. Stories like this are heart-breaking and awful. I understand that person hurt you but the thing to do is move on and deal with it not slander them into oblivion! It’s shameful and unfortunately something like this is hard to regulate because of the expanse of the internet and how easy it is to send and upload media.


    1. Hi Jess! It’s so good to hear from you again.

      I completely agree, it’s unfortunate that people resort to such means to bring down others. Although regulating the Internet is challenging, I think legislatures are still trying to put forth some effective laws but that’s a bit harder than they may have anticipated. You brought to light multiple great points and I hope you’ll continue to keep commenting!

      Thank you!

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  2. Just because posted information may not cause physical harm to an individual, just like bullying, there can be a lot of psychological trauma for them which should be addressed. I think that Patrick Fox should have received some form of punishment to discourage such sort of behavior and set a precedent that what he did was unacceptable.

    People tend to believe anything and everything that is posted on the Internet and that can seriously destroy someone in many ways including but not limited to their careers, relationships, how people perceive them, etc. Isn’t that enough reason to at least acknowledge that harm may be incurred, though not physical?

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    1. Hi Ktbedi,
      I think many individuals would agree with your points. Acts entrenched in hate and anger often have damaging repercussions for the victim. I like how you highlighted how far the damage can spread – careers, relationships and society. Great points!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂 I hope to keep hearing more from you.


    1. Hi Megha,
      Unfortunately these websites do exist and do ruin lives. There are many people who are impacted by this hateful act and are left to deal with the consequences of the actions of others.

      Thank you for your comment, I hope to keep hearing from you.


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