Holly Jacobs, not her real name, was the victim of a revenge porn attack.
She had to change her name after she says her ex-boyfriend leaked some of the most intimate moments of their three and a half year relationship online.
But stories like Holly’s are far from rare. Websites dedicated to former lovers’ explicit pictures and video are flourishing.
Some revenge porn sites even list real names, home addresses, phone numbers, work places, co-workers and family of the victims.
Holly says her university accused her of posting the material herself and she also began having suicidal thoughts.
Her name change failed to stop trolls interfering in her professional life and the police, the FBI, and the lawyers were powerless to stop it spreading.
“It’s such a legal grey area because the laws have just not kept up with technology,” says Holly. “This is a new thing that’s happening.”
“It’s happened to celebrities in the past with sex tapes being rereleased but now it’s happening to real people,” she said.
Around the world there’s growing pressure on governments to legislate to prevent the spread of revenge porn. Some US states have already implemented these protections.
In Australia, the main police powers to tackle the problem were created 12 years before the first iPhone.
These developments came about against the backdrop of the ADFA Skype sex scandal.
For Holly in the US, all she could do was fight fire with fire.
Using the power of the web, she set up a site to help other victims and 2000 women have come forward so far.
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