Marianna Taschinger, Hollie Toups and Kelly Hinson are among more than 20 Southeast Texan women who are fighting back after revealing photos of them surfaced on a so-called "revenge porn" website.
The women have filed a class-action lawsuit against Texxxan.com after intimate photos they sent to former boyfriends were sent by their exes to the website and then published for the public to see.
Toups told the ABC News that she was at work one day when a friend called her to tell her what she had seen online.
"She said, 'I overheard some people talking about a website. Its pictures, you know, explicit photos that people have posted,' and she said, 'you're on there,'" Toups told ABC News.
Toups reportedly found semi-nude photos she said she once sent to a former boyfriend -- now posted on the porn site.
"I just can't imagine why someone would do this to anyone," she said.
Toups' pictures, along with those of dozens of other women, were on Texxxan.com, a site where private photos, often taken for a former love interest, are posted as a form of payback.
As a result of the lawsuit, Texxxan.com relaunched with updated disclaimers denying responsibility for any of the site's submissions. In addition, the site moved from a free service to a subscription-based site. It is currently down due to “traffic overloads & discussions.”
Also named in the lawsuit is the sites host, GoDaddy.com. The Arizona-based company will reportedly have a month after it is served with the lawsuit to respond, and, after that, they will seek the IP address connected to the website during discovery.
John Morgan, the attorney who filed the suit Friday in Orange County, told the Beaumont Enterprise that If GoDaddy decides to fight releasing that information, the case could be tied up for months or even longer in lengthy appeals. Morgan also wants to go after the site's subscribers, according to the reports.
Morgan is seeking unspecified damages not just from the site's owners but the individuals who post content and pay to subsribe. Morgan is also seeking an injunction to shut down the website on the basis that posted content is an invasion of privacy under Texas law -- and in that arena, he may have already been successful.
"These sites are all about public humiliation," Morgan said.
Toups said that she will not be shamed by the images as she fights with the site.
"I don't regret speaking publicly about it if that's what it takes to make a change," she said.
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