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Facebook asked to change policies after man posts pictures of a woman’s rape

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, February 17, 2012 10:57 EDT
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Reid Jones, who has been charged with rape.
 
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Julia Helene didn’t know that she had been the victim of a crime… until pictures of it were posted on Facebook under a fake profile created in her name. Helene told police in September 2010 that another friend showed her the pictures, and they eventually arrested Reid Jones, a chef from Marblehead, Massachusetts. But it wasn’t until almost a year after his arrest that he was charged with raping Helene, charges that police and prosecutors say were spurred by further evidence they uncovered in the course of investigating the identity theft and photographing an unsuspecting person. He is still free on bail — and still on Facebook, where he reportedly posted joking references to fleeing to France to avoid prosecution last fall.

Helene says she believes that Jones drugged her in order to photograph and rape her, posting the pictures in order to embarrass and humiliate her after she told him they could no longer be friends because of his rude and jealous behavior. It took Facebook more than a month to remove the offending profile and pictures, she says, and she would like to see them institute a filtering policy for photographs posted to the site and to change their policies about removing fake profiles.

Watch the video, first aired on Fox News on February 16, 2012, below:

[Ed. note: Raw Story does not identify victims of sexual assault unless they choose to identify themselves, as the woman in this case did.]


Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
 
 
 
 
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