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Published: Sat, September 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Funeral held for Italian woman who killed herself over sex tape

Funeral held for Italian woman who killed herself over sex tape

Tiziana Cantone, 31, sent a video of herself performing a sex act on a man to her ex-boyfriend and three friends.

A woman has committed suicide after an explicit video of her was shared across social media without her consent.

So viral had the video gone, Cantone changed her legal name in a bid not to be associated with the video, which by then had become a favorite on local social networks and internet destinations.

As the footage spread, Tiziana's full name was revealed, and she was inundated with online abuse when the videos found their way onto porn websites - including cruel comments and video parodies.

In 2013, a 17-year-old Brazilian woman took her own life after a sex tape of her, a male, a female, and minors was posted online, BuzzFeed reported. "Now we call for the justice system to act so that her death was not in vain", the family said, quoted by Italian media.

The lawyer said: "We have appealed to right to be forgotten law".

A man carries Teresa Giglio, the mother of Tiziana Cantone, as she cries during her daughter's funeral in Casalnuovo, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.

The Cantone case has coincided with another one in which a video of a teenage girl being raped in a Rimini nightclub was posted online, apparently by friends of hers who had filmed the attack on a phone held over the top of a cubicle.

It's unclear who uploaded the footage to the internet, which first appeared in 2015, but Catone's mother, Maria Teresa Gigolo told local media she blamed those involved.

Italian Prime Minster Matteo Renzi told the BBC that the Italian government is helpless to stop the videos.

What's more, Cantone was ordered to pay 20,000 euros (about $22,475) in legal fees, which several Italian news outlets reportedly called the "final insult". "Why can people still mock and laugh at this young woman who ended her days because of this humiliation that she suffered?" wrote Naples daily Il Mattino. Our commitment is try to do everything we can ... "Violence against women is not an ineradicable phenomenon".

Public prosecutor Francesco Greco has opened an investigation into her death, which may establish the degree to which the impact of the video's publication had affected her. "All those who have filled the web with insults and meanwhile secretly watched the images".

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