Girl recalls being a victim of revenge porn at age 14

Local police force in UK admit to failing to deal properly with a revenge porn case in the past. To help educate others about the dangers of the internet, the victim, now 19, is sharing her traumatic experience.

Lydia Morrish
Lydia Morrish NewsMavens, United Kingdom
Girl recalls being a victim of revenge porn at age 14 - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

Revenge porn, cyber bullying and online abuse take many forms.

A teenage girl who was coerced into sending a nude photo over social media and consequently bullied has opened up about her experiences in an educational film for Safer Internet Day.

Waiving her right to anonymity, Megan Hinton, who is now 19 but was aged 14 at the time, told the BBC about her experience first-hand. Trying to make friends and fit in at a new school, she sent the photo to someone she thought was a boy in her year.

But it turned out that she had been manipulated by another girl at the school, who shared the nude photos around.

The Hampshire Constabulary have since said they dealt with the case wrong. Now this instance of revenge porn is being featured as part of  their campaign to make young people safer on the internet through education about coercion and cyber bullying.

Details from the story:

  • The Hampshire Constabulary admitted to failing to deal properly with a sexting abuse case in which a teenage girl was tricked into sending a nude photo across social media.
  • Megan Hinton, then aged 14, was pressured by a young woman, whom she thought was a boy, into sending the picture, and suffered abuse at school as a result.
  • Walking through school was like being in a "zoo", said Hinton. "Everybody had seen it and everybody was crowding around me and laughing and talking about it. I was classed as a prostitute."
  • Hinton said a boy and girl involved in coercing her to send the photo "didn't get into trouble so I was victim blamed a lot during the process". She was made out to be the one at fault, she said. However the police have since said they dealt with the case wrong.
  • The complex case highlights how efforts to reduce cyber abuse need to be multifaceted to ensure young people are aware of what constitutes "normal" behaviour, that instances of cyber bullying and coercion are prevented and that victims are better protected when the police are involved.
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