Breastfeeding Video Turned Into Porn, Mom Sues

Instructional vid was spliced with porn footage, posted online

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 10, 2012 8:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – A New Jersey woman who filmed an instructional breastfeeding video in order to help other mothers was horrified to discover that somebody had turned it into a porn film. When MaryAnn Sahoury Googled her name, she found dozens of links to porn sites featuring a video that spliced footage of her nursing her month-old daughter with a similar-looking woman performing sex acts, the AP reports. She is now suing the production company that created the original video, claiming that she had been assured her full name would not be used in the video—but that it was displayed on screen, along with that of her daughter.

Sahoury's lawsuit also claims that she had been told the video would only appear on Parents TV and cable, but the producers posted it on YouTube. The production company initially tried to help her shut down sites showing the video, but its "interest in attempting to mitigate the damage" petered out, the suit states. Sahoury says the emotional toll has been very heavy. "Sometimes I want to crawl into bed and say, 'God I wish it wasn't me,' but it was me for a reason," she says. "I need to be as strong as I was when I made the video and say, look, I'm still supporting mothers everywhere, our rights to breast-feed wherever and whenever we want and not be exploited by major corporations or any kind of perverts."

Maryann Sahoury poses for a photo at her home in Wood Ridge, NJ.
Maryann Sahoury poses for a photo at her home in Wood Ridge, NJ.   (AP Photo/Katie Zezima)
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