Chrissy Chambers: Revenge porn roughly killed me

Chrissy Chambers

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Musician Chrissy Chambers

“There’s not an area of my life it hasn’t touched,” says Chrissy Chambers, reflecting on a tip sex fasten her ex-boyfriend posted online.

“It has influenced my life in each approach possible and I’m certain it will continue to for a rest of my life.”

During her four-year authorised conflict opposite a male – who can't be named for authorised reasons – Ms Chambers went from YouTube musician to “revenge porn” campaigner.

Here, she tells her story to a BBC’s Jane Wakefield.

JW: How did we initial find out a video had been uploaded?

CC: we primarily found out by a crony and a fan who wrote to us and said: “I only wish to warning we that someone is swelling these links.”

Someone was distributing links all over a YouTube channel, saying: “You consider Chrissy Chambers is a purpose model? She’s indeed a whore, demeanour during these videos.”

I clicked a couple and afterwards realised for a initial time what had happened. we literally fell down on a belligerent and it felt only like we was removing strike with a ball bat.

To find out that a video existed and to find out that this had happened during all, it was like my universe came crashing down.

How has it influenced your life?

In each approach imaginable. we have PTSD [post-traumatic highlight disorder], we became an alcoholic during 23. we roughly died. we had depression, anxiety, night terrors. It influenced my relationship.

We [Chrissy and partner Bria Kam] had a successful YouTube channel during that indicate and had about 50,000 immature women who were following us and looking adult to us.

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Chrissy Chambers creates videos with fiancee Bria Kam (left)

Some of them said: “I looked adult to we so much, we can’t support someone who would select to do this.”

It was distressing for me – though meaningful that we had all these other people who desired us and upheld us, we felt a outrageous shortcoming to mount adult for myself and find justice.

I wanted to set an instance in box this ever happened to them.

You live in a United States though a videos were uploaded in a UK, so your box was fought here. What happened?

My ex uploaded a videos before a [revenge porn] law was upheld here in a UK.

I was here in a UK a day a law upheld and we went to a military to try and get rapist charges. They pronounced a government of stipulations on my box had prolonged upheld and we was not going to be means to pursue rapist charges

Then we had a crowdfunding debate to lift income for a polite case.

We lifted a income in a month. The open greeting to a conditions was an escape of of adore and support – and also fear during a situation.

I won financial indemnification from my ex, as good as being reserved copyright to a videos. That was a many critical square of a puzzle, since if these videos are ever common again we can now go to a websites directly and contention takedown notices or pursue authorised action.

We have spent four-and-a-half years fighting to get a rights to get a videos taken down. It only means everything.

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Chrissy won her polite case

The income is critical too. Since he got anonymity, there indispensable to be some repair for a pang and all of a therapy and things we had to go through.

The genuine feat for me was removing probity and environment a fashion for others.

Did we hit websites formerly to have a videos taken down? What did they say?

If websites indeed responded, that would be great. When we reached out in a past we got no response.

It wasn’t until we sent a minute from a counsel that some of a videos started to come down.

I would like to see these websites need some explanation of agree for videos uploaded, and a many improved complement for takedown notices. If somebody says a video was not consensual, it should come down fast to strengthen a victim.

You have turn a superficial for fighting punish porn. What would we contend to other victims?

I would contend to other victims who maybe don’t have a certainty and don’t know what to do about posterior it, that we know accurately how we feel.

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Chrissy due to partner Bria (left) on Wednesday

I’ve been there. There are many days where we don’t feel assured to keep fighting.

Justice can be served. we finally schooled that there was a light during a finish of my tunnel. Don’t give adult hope.

Even if it takes years we can get probity and we didn’t merit to have this occur to you.

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