http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/16/europe/tiziana-cantone-sex-tape-suicide/?iid=ob_lockedrail_bottomlist Four days ago, 31 year old Tiziana Cantone of Naples, Italy committed suicide by hanging herself in her aunt's home. The catalyst for said event was a high-profile sex tape she had made going viral without her consent. In this case, it was watched by over a million viewers, and a remark she made to her lover when she saw he was filming("You're filming? Bravo!") became a hot merchandise seller, being printed on T-shirts, smartphone cases, and coffee mugs. Cantone was so embarrassed that she quit her job and moved, and attempted to change her name as well. In 2013, the European Union enacted a law called the "Right to Be Forgotten." Basically, the law says that anything inaccurate, irrelevant or excessive regarding a person can be court ordered to be removed online. After a lengthy battle in court, Cantone won the right for her sex tape to be removed from all online media. However, this was after several months of battling, millions of views, and over 20 grand in court costs for Cantone. The financial strain was reported to be the tipping point, the final insult that lead to her committing suicide. Her mom spoke to CNN at Tiziana's funeral, and asked Italian authorities to act so that her daughter's death wouldn't be in vain. Specifically, against the four people responsible for the explicit tape being uploaded online. Cantone sent the sex tape to several friends, and a few of them made it public without Tiziana's consent. This began the months of heartache for Cantone that ended with her suicide on Tuesday. And while the heartache may be over for Cantone, it's not for her family. What can be done in this situation? Prosecutors are considered filing defamation charges against these four individuals, which unlike in the United States and Canada, is a criminal offense. It is usually enforced against journalists who make inflammatory remarks against national leaders, with punishments ranging anywhere from six months to three years. My question is this: Would this be a just outcome? Depending on how you see the situation, the actions of these four individuals destroyed this young woman's life, and indirectly caused her suicide. Of course, it could be argued that while what these individuals did was cruel, their actions may not have been criminal. Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was asked about what action could be taken, and this was his response: It's an interesting case, and a sad one. I find it particularly intriguing that Renzi made an inference to this being a case of "violence against women." When one thinks of violence, the mind tends to focus on the physical. But bullying-this of the online variety- could very well be classified as 'violent behavior'. And while I'm not discounting the fact that Tiziana was incredibly foolish in sending the sex tape to friends, she obviously believed she could trust them. And they betrayed her trust in the worst possible way. What would be a just punishment for those who distributed the tape online without Tiziana's permission? Should this be a criminal matter at all? Would you consider what was done to Tiziana to be a form of violence?