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Revenge porn destroys lives, says victim

18:33 Aug 23 2014 Chelmsford, Essex, UK

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A CHELMSFORD woman has told of her horror when she found out an explicit video of her and her ex-boyfriend had been leaked online.

The victim, 24, was sent links on social media of a girl involved in a sex act. When she realised the girl was her, she said she felt sick.

Speaking to a national newspaper, Hazel said: "I shut the computer straight down. I thought I was going to be sick.

"I felt so vulnerable and violated.

I just thought, ‘What have I done to deserve this?’ It was like I’d been raped. Here were these incredibly explicit videos of me online without my consent."

The video was circulated a few weeks after she ended a relationship.

The video is another case of revenge porn, which the police have said they can do nothing about.

Hazel said: "It’s shocking – revenge porn is a form of abuse.

"How is this not a crime? It destroys lives."

The House of Lords recently rejected calls to create a new criminal offence of revenge porn because it was already covered by existing obscenity and harassment laws.
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