Revenge Porn Victim Speaks Out After Ex Uploads Explicit Images Of Her To Facebook

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The disgraceful crime of revenge porn has seen a worrying rise in recent years, with over 200 cases reported to the police in the UK in the last six months alone.

Now, one woman who has been a victim of revenge porn has spoken out about how her ex-boyfriend posted explicit snaps of her on Facebook after she broke up with him, revealing the very real and disturbing psychological and mental impact the crime can have.

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Ella Robinson, 23 from Solihull, was humiliated after Richard Crabtree, 34, uploaded naked pictures (taken while she was drunk) on the social media site so that all her friends, family and colleagues could see. He also sent her threatening messages before he posted the images and sent them to another of her former partners.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, care home worker Ella said:

I felt disgusting. I didn’t want to leave the house when it happened. It was awful knowing that private pictures of me had been posted online. I was very vulnerable at the time. He was harassing me constantly and sending me horrible messages. It was all because he just didn’t like the fact I had split up with him.

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Crabtree pleaded guilty to harassment and disclosing a private sexual image at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court but, shockingly, he was only sentenced to 20 days community service for his actions.

Mother-of-three Ella was horrified by the lenient sentence and believes Crabtree should have been slapped with jail time, a sentiment we imagine the majority of people will agree with.

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She added:

I’m absolutely appalled. It’s not enough for what he’s done. The whole thing has really affected me physically and mentally – mentally more than anything. I had trusted him and didn’t know what he was capable of. I probably won’t be able to trust anyone properly for a very long time.

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Ella is now afraid she might bump into ex-boyfriend, who lives nearby, something which has caused her further distress.

The new law on revenge porn came into effect in April this year, after campaigns from numerous British charities.

Under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, it’s illegal to disclose private sexual photographs or films without the consent of the individual who appears in them, and with the intent of causing distress.

Offenders can face a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment and questions have to be asked why a stronger sentence wasn’t applied in this particular case. Unless the harsher punishments are applied by judges to the dickheads who post revenge porn, how is the law truly acting as a deterrent to stamp out horrible cases of this nature?


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