Journalist and investigator Anna Richardson – who is currently dating Sue Perkins of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off –has leaked her own sexy selfie as part of a TV experiment.
Revenge porn has arisen with the ease of people being able to send explicit consensual pictures to each other, which are then uploaded to the internet for public consumption as a form of payback after a break-up.
Talking to the Evening Standard, she explained she wanted to explore the issue of angry exes uploading pictures to the internet without consent, which is now a crime in the UK.
It was a move that she didn’t take lightly.
The women who have been ‘revenge porned’ have been revenge porned without their consent, and they have no control over those images, albeit that it’s their body.
In this situation, I’m taking the pictures, I’m deciding what to do, I’m uploading them, I have control over it. Even though those pictures will be there forever, I think now having met women who have been revenge porned, I feel much stronger about the fact that this is something I should be doing properly.”
The pictures received hundreds of thousands of hits and hateful comments – however, later in the experiment they promptly disappeared, suggesting that the website discovered her photos were not all they appeared to be, but were still allegedly being shared privately by users.
I’ve been absolutely taken aback at the level of depravity that’s involved, the betrayal that’s involved, and also the danger that’s involved. It’s really, really, taken my breath away. Revenge porn is undoubtedly utterly heinous and dangerous, and everybody should be aware of the risks.”
Emily Jones of Channel 4 added:
Five years ago hardly anyone had even heard of revenge porn. In the past year it has made international news, and changed UK law. It has also spiralled in popularity and has the potential to effect anyone who has ever taken an intimate photograph. This programme will serve as a warning, but will also take an intelligent look at how the Internet has changed the way we control our own image.”