Web site exposes alleged mistresses
A popular web site takes revenge to a whole new level. It's called shesahomewrecker.com. There's now a version for men too.
The whole point is to publicly shame the other woman in your man's life. We learned it may be completely legal.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And shesahomewrecker.com gives those hurt by their cheating spouses a chance to hand out a sort of modern day Scarlet Letter.
"I just think it's pointless," says Haley Breden. "I don't see why you have to go and criticize other people. It's just kind of to make yourself feel better, and I don't see the point in that at all."
But thousands of others do. Right now at least 37 women in Oklahoma are posted on the site. Their pictures, full names, and locations are there for the world to see.
"It's unfair to put everything on the cheater," said Breden.
The site's creator, who calls herself Ariella, encourages scorned women to "expose the homewreckers."
The site's twitter feed live shames the alleged cheaters. And its facebook page has more than a quarter million likes.
So is this going too far? "Legally, when revenge goes too far is when you can enter in an area involving invasion of privacy, or an area involving defamation," said University of Dayton Assistant Professor Jonathon Peters.
The problem is, proving defamation isn't easy, leaving those publicly humiliated with few legal options. "There are not many laws that are a good fit for those situations," said Peters.
While the popularity of the site has soared, it has attracted plenty of critics. "I would never use it no," said Breden. "I think that's completely out of the question."
There is a disclaimer on the site saying the content represents the opinions of the original poster.
That, combined with the Communications Decency Act, should be enough to keep the owner from being sued.