By now you probably know that Reddit super-troll known as Violentacrez, Michael Brutsch, was recently outed by Gawker’s Adrian Chen as the man responsible behind Reddits featuring sexualized images of minor girls, photos of dead kids, rape jokes, secret nude or sexualized photos of women taken without their knowledge, incest, “choke a bitch” and others.
You probably also know that Brutsch has since lost his job and is being shunned by society as a whole.
But what should happen to Brutsch and others like him who exploit children, either perfectly legally (so far), on the Internet? How about the man who took a partially-nude photo of Canadian middle schooler Amanda Todd via webcam, then used the photos to blackmail her for more sexualized content, and when she refused, shared the topless photos via social media…eventually leading to her devastating suicide?
Recently, the hacker group named Anonymous tracked down the man whom they assert may have been the one who took the webcam photos of Todd, and released his name into social media. That man had already been arrested on charges of a sexual nature with another underage girl. He has since received death threats, and maintains his innocence in the death of Amanda Todd.
What do you think should happen to Violentacrez in real life? Should he be charged with child pornography or some other crime?
What should happen when the police accurately determine who is responsible for the semi-nude photos of Amanda Todd?
How are these two men different from one another? How should their cases differ as far as the law is concerned? Should vigilante groups such as Anonymous even be taking part in the search for the perpetrators?
In what way can we, as parents, help protect our children from predators like Amanda Todd’s tormentor or anonymous Internet trolls like Violentacrez was?