Brazilian Man Accused of High Profile Revenge-Porn Case Only Gets 5 Months Community Service

Written by Taisa Sganzerla
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A year ago Brazilian university student Fran let her then boyfriend Sérgio Henrique Alves make a video with his phone while she performed oral sex on him. He proceeded to spread the video through Whatsapp. After memes humiliating 22 year-old Fran popped up all across the Brazilian internet, the case was taken to court.

This week, a verdict was finally reached. Sérgio was sentenced to 5 months of community service. As Brazil does not have a law for revenge-porn, Sérgio was prosecuted on the basis of libel and defamation.

The trial left Fran devastated. After having her life turned upside down – she lost her job at a retail store and had to stop attending university – she believes the sentence was disproportionate to the damage she and her family suffered. She told the TV news station Globo that Sérgio left court “laughing at her face”. Yesterday, she posted a testimony on Facebook page “Apoio Fran” [Supporting Fran] and urged people to help pressure the Congress to approve a law that tackles revenge-porn specifically …

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