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Amputee Woman’s Facebook Fetishist Warning

June 9, 2011

A Windsor campaigner has warned of the dangers of social networking after being targeted by men who are attracted to amputee women.

Charlotte Fielder, who was born missing a hand, has been awarded an MBE for her work helping people who are “limb deficient” with the charity Reach.

After signing up to Facebook, she found her profile image had been copied and posted on a pornographic website.

Her image was subjected to obscene comments by men attracted to amputees.

The image used was one of Mrs Fielder fully-clothed.

She said many women amputees she knew had been contacted by so-called “devotees”.

Mrs Fielder, 47, said she joined Facebook in 2008 and used it to keep in touch with people she helps.

When speaking to a female athlete from the British Paralympic Team she discovered her image had been used for pornographic purposes.

Sexual attraction

She said: “The same thing happened to this Paralympic athlete. She said it almost ruined her career, because people kept using her images for these devotee websites.

“Most amputees want nothing to do with devotees, because they see us as objects.”

Mrs Fielder said in her experience most female amputees had experienced their photographs being used by “devotee” websites.

She said: “There are men who target women with limb deficiencies, because it’s their primary sexual attraction.”

Mrs Fielder said most of the men who contacted her were based in the United States. Many pretended to have missing limbs and tried to contact her as friends on Facebook.

She said: “Facebook have told me to block them, but they just come back with a different name.”

Mrs Fielder said she was particularly worried about the effect it might have on young women who were struggling to come to terms with the loss of a limb while growing up.

She said: “I’m a 47-year-old woman but younger girls aren’t aware. These men are out there, they lie and pretend to be limb deficient to make friends with people.

“Teenagers with limb deficiencies have enough issues. It’d be like growing up with the biggest spot in the world on your nose.

“When I was young I’d always keep my stump in my pocket.”

A spokesperson from Facebook said it had a policy that people should only add people they knew as friends.

It said people could adjust their privacy settings to prevent images being copied.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2011 3:39 pm

    So-called devotees are not only interested in amputees but in all obviously disabled people (particularly females). A couple of years ago I saw a video titled “The Quadriplegic Goddesses” which featured a series of stolen pictures of women with obvious paraphernalia such as power-chairs, sip-and-puff straws, ventilators, standing frames and the like, set to schmaltzy music by a Russian girl band. Some of the women were well-known (including Brooke Ellison and Hilary Lister) but others were just ordinary women whose stories had been featured on various websites. I tipped off one of the women who told me that the picture was indeed stolen, and that she had stopped updating her old website because these perverts kept stealing her pictures. A week or so later, the video disappeared.

  2. *Stargazer permalink
    June 16, 2011 10:27 pm

    I never had a facebook when I was healthy – nor do I intend to get one now.
    That’s my personal choice – I’ve never had more than a handful of true friends my whole life.
    I’m in touch with all the people I want to be, via email and telephone and text message.
    The art of conversation is not completely lost, surely?

    I feel angry though, that there are other people out there who DO want to talk to the cyber-world, but it seems that they can’t do so safely.
    Why should the people who thrive on being socially-active hide away for fear of victimisation?
    Why can’t they freely share information, without it being stolen and construed in a totally inappropriate way?

    I don’t know where the law stands on this – it seems to me that this kind of unsolicited and distress-inducing behaviour should surely be prosecuted for.

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