Story at a glance

  • A "slutpage" is a digital group, website or email list that shares nude or semi-nude photos of women.
  • The images are posted online without consent and can be a form of sexual abuse, similar to revenge porn.
  • Men in fraternities posted on and visited these websites more than other groups of college students, according to a new survey of college students.

Slutshaming has taken many forms over the decades, but online, it’s often irreversible. Perhaps no one knows this better than the digital generation, but still, a recent survey found that 1 in 3 college students is potentially viewing slutpages: digital groups, websites or email lists sharing nude or semi-nude photos of women without their consent.

“Slutpages appear to be a social form of image-based sexual abuse,” said co-author Megan Maas in a release. “The finding that male participants involved in fraternities or sports teams visited these sites and posted nude images and video online without consent more frequently than male participants outside these groups, or female participants in general, indicates that use of such sites could be motivated by a desire for some men to communicate and connect with their male peers.”


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In a survey of nearly 2,000 undergraduate students at a large Midwestern university, 1 in 10 reported using a secret photo storing app, such as Cluster or Keepsafe, to store or share nude images, and 1 in 30 reported posting nude images or videos online without consent. 

"Use of these sites has significant implications for the victims featured on the pages, as previous research indicates that victims of non-consensual pornography distribution experience post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Due to the semi-private nature of these sites, they are difficult to regulate, but as they are often linked to specific high schools or universities, campus-specific interventions could be used to deter their use,” said Maas in the release. 



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Laws against image-based sexual abuse, including the distribution of sexually explicit images or videos of individuals without their consent, exist in 46 states, as well as the District of Columbia, but remain fragmented. 

“Our findings suggest that sexual violence prevention education offered by universities should include discussions of these sites in order to address problematic attitudes that objectify women and justify sexual violence,” said Maas in the release.


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Published on Feb 25, 2021