Revenge Porn Victim Gets Final Revenge — By Posing Nude On Her Terms [NSFW]

Being a teenager is hard enough without having complete strangers viewing naked pictures of you. In 2011, Emma Holten was only 17-years-old when she found out that nude photos of herself during private moments had been posted online by her ex-boyfriend without her consent, a common practice with many victims, called “Revenge Porn.”

As reported by RYOT News, Holten explains her discovery.

“On a regular October morning in 2011 I couldn’t access my email or Facebook. I didn’t think anything of it – I forget passwords all the time – and just tried again. Waiting for me upon entry were hundreds of messages and emails. Messages and emails with pictures of me in them. One: me, naked, in my ex-boyfriend’s darkened room. Seventeen, a little awkward, slightly hunched forward: a harmless attempt at sexiness. Another: two years later, in my room in Uppsala, Sweden. Older, a little more confident, but not a whole lot. What had happened was apparent, the pictures were now online.”

Holten decided to no longer be a victim of revenge porn. She decided to reclaim her body by taking and sharing photographs of herself. The photo series featuring Holten au naturel allows the now-activist to show her nude body on her own terms. She teamed up with photographer Cecilie Bodker Jensen to create images portraying herself as a human subject, not a sexual object.

The series, originally posted by Friktion Magazine, shows Holten doing everyday tasks in her apartment. In her online essay “CONSENT Project” for feminist website Hysteria, Holten shared some of the disgusting messages she received from people who saw the unauthorized images.

DO YOUR PARENTS KNOW THAT UR A SLUT?
DID U GET FIRED?
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THIS?
WHO DID THIS TO YOU?
SEND ME MORE NUDES OR ILL SEND THE ONES I HAVE TO YOUR BOSS.

Holten told Elle magazine that she was only able to participate in such a shoot due to her support system and understanding boss. She recognizes that this avenue is not open to many victims of revenge porn, but hopes that her actions will help some of them regardless.

“I say to victims: You are right, even if you’re alone!,” Holten told Elle. “You live in a patriarchal culture that seeks to target you for being you, and THEY’RE wrong, and you’re right! You had the right to take pictures or video, the men who contact you are misogynistic idiots who just seek to tear you down to build themselves up. Good people believe that you are right, we are fighting for you.”

Holten’s experience, while upsetting, is not uncommon. According to a 2013 MacAfee survey, 10 percent of ex-partners have threatened to release intimate photographs, and 60 percent of those people follow through on said threats. An estimated 90 percent of revenge porn victims are women as reported by End Revenge Porn.

Activists are pushing to make revenge porn punishable by law worldwide, as is already the case in 13 U.S. states. Read about a related case from the Inquisitr, where a California man was sentenced to prison for posting topless photos of his ex-girlfriend online.

Holten hopes that her photographs will contribute to the battle against revenge porn by forcing people to consider the difference between these images, willingly posed for and shared as a celebration of her body, and revenge porn, shared without a subject’s consent with the intention of humiliating them.

“There is no sexual, visual, acceptable picture without my consent,” Holten told Elle. “Without my consent there is only violation.”

[Image via Hysteria]