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Meet The Women Waging War On Revenge Porn

It was 2009 when 18-year-old Chrissy Chambers ended her relationship with her British boyfriend. He didn’t take it well, but nevertheless suggested that they spend “one last fun night together.” An evening of heavy drinking ensued, and Chambers assumed that the night, and the relationship, ended with her blacking out. 

In 2013, after years of struggling with her sexuality, it seemed like Chambers was finally in a good place. She was a newly out lesbian, one-half of the successful YouTube singing/acting duo BriaAndChrissy that she conceived with her girlfriend Bria Kam. They created inspirational LGBT videos, at once earnest, playful, and campy. Their number of subscribers climbed to the hundreds of thousands. Things were going well.

Then someone started posting comments on their channel. Chambers was a slut and a whore, they said, and a bad role model for making porn videos. She Googled herself in a panic and discovered videos that she says her ex-boyfriend had recorded while sexually assaulting her as she lay unconscious that night, after they broke up. The seven videos had been online for two years by the time she found out, viewed tens of thousands of times and downloaded just as many. 

According to Chambers, it took four years her to find out that not only had she been sexually assaulted, that night, she also became a victim of a dawning online trend: revenge porn.  

Although advocates prefer to use the more accurate label of “non-consensual pornography” (NCP) — since not all distribution of other people’s photos are done in retribution — the term “revenge porn” first entered the mainstream conversation when the website IsAnyoneUp.com was launched in 2010. It was one of the first and likely most infamous of user-submitted pornography websites at the time, allowing scorned lovers to share compromising images of their exes for all the world to see, along with their full names, professions, locations, and social media profiles. Its founder Hunter Moore became as widely reviled by most of the American public as he was adored by those who applauded his smug, devil-may-care persona. He was dubbed the “most hated man on the internet,” a label he seemed to wear as a badge of honor. 


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