My question involves defamation in the state of: California.
I am a woman in Los Angeles County. I just discovered that photos of me changing clothes in my house (I'm in my bra but not naked) were posted to a website with an obviously sexual purpose. They were taken by a stranger as far as I know, but could easily have been taken by a neighbor. I live on the first floor and my curtains were apart, which you can see in the pics, so I'm afraid there's nothing I can do because I was in view. I contacted the website and they took the pics down, and I've asked them to give me the IP address of the person who posted the photos but I haven't heard back. Before I hire an attorney (I can't afford it without a contingency), I'd like to know what laws specifically - "Tort X Section xxx" specific, please - could provide me with some recourse once I can identify the person who took the pics. The photos were obviously being used for sexual purposes and certainly have no redeeming value.
If a timeline will help:
-Some time in the middle of June - it is impossible to determine exactly when other than when I purchased the bra - an unknown person took photos of me in my underwear through my window without my knowledge.
-Later, but still in June, the images were posted to a website (the site had timestamps in months only).
-On October 7th, a friend alerted me to the presence of the photos on the website. I sent an e-mail to the webmaster and they removed the pics.
What possible avenues do I have? Thanks in advance.