International Women’s Day means something different to everyone and at the Revenge Porn Helpline, we are proud to celebrate women who have not only achieved great things but INSPIRE others to achieve even greater things. Today, on International Women’s Day 2019, we’re celebrating five women who have dedicated their all, whether it is personally, professionally or academically, to protecting victims of intimate image abuse.
Laura is a woman close to our hearts on the Revenge Porn Helpline. In 2015 Laura established the Helpline ahead of the UK law creating the offence of sharing intimate images without consent in order to cause distress. Since its founding, the Helpline has supported nearly 4,000 victims.
Chrissy’s life was torn apart when her intimate images were shared online. Instead of giving in, Chrissy battled through the civil court and became the first woman to win a civil court case seeking damages for intimate image abuse. Chrissy inspires women to speak up and stand up against this abuse.
At the age of 24, Gina successfully campaigned to change the law and make upskirting a criminal offence in the UK. Eighteen months earlier, Gina had been a victim of upskirting and when she was told there was no law against it she decided to do something about it. Upskirting is now a sexual offence in England and Wales. Gina has taught us that if we find a problem we CAN act on a solution and make a change.
As a professor of Law at Durham University, Clare is an expert, passionate in the legal regulation of porn, image based sexual abuse and sexual violence. Clare played a vital role in the instigation of UK laws for sharing images without consent and upskirting. She has also advised on international policy in New Zealand and Australia.
A 2019 L’Oréal Women of Worth Award honouree, Holly is the definition of inspiration. Holly was a victim of intimate image abuse and instead of standing back and waiting for someone else to do something, she did it herself. Holly launched the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) and its first campaign, End Revenge Porn, in August 2012 to support victims of intimate image abuse. CCRI campaign tirelessly and advocate technological, social, and legal innovation to fight online abuse.