I’m sharing this personal experience in hopes that it prevents even one such story from occurring again.
I was not always frum, but I have been frum now for the past 15 years or so.
A couple of weeks ago, an old friend reached out to me and sent me a picture of us hanging out as teens. I was mortified that this picture still existed and I kindly asked him to delete it. My life was much different now.
I then asked him to promise me that he will not be sending this picture out anywhere, but what he told me next frightened me.
He told me, he had shared this picture on a family chat, as well as with a couple of neighbors, but that he would try and have them delete it as well if it wasn’t too late. I felt my heart drop immediately.
Here I was, for over 15 years trying to forget my past and improving my life, and always hoped that my children and wife would never know certain things about it. Yet here, with a few clicks of a button, my life could literally be destroyed all over again. Should my children and wife see this picture, they will no doubt be mortified and it can cause severe issues for my family down the line.
I’m hoping and praying that whoever gets a hold of this picture does not forward it further, and I’m also praying that it does not somehow affect my family in the future.
I’m writing this letter to warn others about the dangers of forwarding an innocent picture, not realizing they could have serious consequences for others.
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