Thursday 17 August 2017

'He hacked into my Instagram account and posted my nude pictures' - Teen speaks out about revenge porn

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Ryan O'Rourke

A young Clare woman has spoken out after she was a victim of revenge porn.

*Emma (19) said she was “embarrassed and humiliated” after her ex-boyfriend posted pictures of her naked on Instagram.

He used her email and password, to log into her own Instagram account, and then posted her nudes that she sent him during their relationship.

“He hacked into my Instagram account and posted my nude pictures. I couldn't believe it.

“He had put a link to an escort site that he had created, which had the pictures as well,” *Emma told Independent.ie.

When she first saw her intimate images online, she said “she couldn’t stop crying”.

"I just wanted to curl up into a ball and die. But then people started messaging me, sending me support.

“The vast majority of people were really nice about it, one girl who messaged me had something similar happen to her.”

Emma was speaking out as the revenge porn hit the spotlight again after Rob Kardashian’s explicit pictures of Blac Chyna circulated social media.

The 19-year-old told Independent.ie that while she suffered from the breach of privacy, she feels her ex-boyfriend came out from the situation worse.

“I think he came out of it worse off than me.

“No one really judged me about it, and he came off creepy and petty.”

She warned others who might be considering these sorts of attacks that they will look “pathetic”.

“You just come across as pathetic. Girls in the future are going to be turned off by this kind of thing. They will be a lot less likely to trust you.”

Emma also had advice for anyone else who suffers this kind of abuse.

“To anyone else this happens to, go to the gardaí. Don’t be afraid to speak out.”

Ireland plans to pass new laws to tackle revenge porn this year, after a Law Reform Commission report last September recommended a number of new harassment offences to keep pace with advances in technology.

*The woman's name has been changed

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