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Jennifer Lawrence: 'It's my body, and it should be my choice'

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Ian Gavan

Acclaimed actress Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games series, X-Men: Days of Future Past) is speaking out about the nude photo scandal that violated her privacy a month ago.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, she spoke strongly about the hackers that leaked her photos online, and about people who looked at them.

"Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, 'Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.' I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body."

She also advocated for harsh legal penalties for those who distributed the photos.

"It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime," she says. "It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody's mind is to make a profit from it. It's so beyond me."

The story has huge implications for privacy and security online, and for the treatment of women's bodies in the public sphere. If, indeed, the law is changed to better protect public-facing women's privacy, you can bet we'll see a sea change in the way these incidents are handled.