Priya Was Victim of Revenge Porn, she reveals the story because she don’t want anyone else to face it.

In February 2017, Priya’s world turned upside down. On a normal night out with a friend, She learned of something that has irrevocably changed her outlook on the world…

Staring at my friend’s whatsapp messages, he urged me to look closer, I felt my heart rate increase.

I could hear the blood rushing in my ears. I couldn’t fully process what I was seeing. I knew that it was me, but beyond that, I had no understanding.

Recognising my body

My friend told me that his friend had seen it and had recognized my tattoos, and so sent it to him. I felt my eyes drawn back to the phone screen where I took in exactly what I was seeing.

Without consent

The video though, I hadn’t known of its existence. He had secretly filmed us, without my knowledge or consent, and had sent it all to all his friends on whatsapp and facebook because we broke up.

When I got home, I gave in and watched the video. That’s when the deluge started, it was as if a dam had broken. I couldn’t control the cascade of tears streaming down my face, my vision blurred and my body began to shake uncontrollably. I slept in fits and bursts, with everything replaying over and over in my head.

Taking action

The next morning, my anger hit. I refused to stand idly by and do nothing. So, I took screenshots of the video and brought them to my the nearest police station which is at Rose-Hill, where I was greeted with sympathy and understanding.

The policeman I dealt with was outraged on my behalf and assured me they would take care of the whole situation. I felt relieved something was going to be done, that I wasn’t alone in this.

Campaign for internet crimes

I resolved to campaign for a new legislation that would protect the victims of internet crimes. I went to meet with a Police sergeant at Port Louis and told him my story, who vowed to fight my case.

Unfortunately, he has yet to do anything. I was distraught, it seemed that absolutely nobody could help me. That’s when I decided to get a lawyer. The only proof I had that this had taken place was the screenshots that I had had the foresight to take.

Self-discovery after a traumatic experience

You really do discover who you really are when you go through a traumatic experience. I am a victim of a cybercrime, but that is not all I am. I am a fighter.

When it looks like there’s no way out of a horrific situation, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help, because only the brave are strong enough to admit that they can’t do it alone.

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