I was scrolling through Facebook one night when my mouth fell open and my thumb paused on a post from a close friend. Her ex-boyfriend did. I was 18 and much like my grandma, a prude. I was 21 and severely single. My love and sex life were both woefully non-existent. I wanted excitement, to have saucy stories up my sleeve too.
What I learned when naked pictures of me were leaked online
What I learned when naked pictures of me were leaked online | Sophia Ankel | Opinion | The Guardian
T hree years ago, nude pictures of me made the rounds online. There were two and they had been taken in my bathroom several months earlier. One showed my stomach and my bare chest and the other was a long mirror shot of me topless, with my face on full display. I was even smiling — a gesture made for the eyes of my then long-distance boyfriend, to whom I had sent them via Facebook. But you never think it could happen to you. Surely the chances of something leaking are very small?
'My boyfriend keeps taking naked photos of me without consent - should I leave him?'
I was six months free of an abusive relationship when I got the text. It was from Beau, a coworker. I'd spent the entire morning trying to figure out what I was going to eat for lunch, not realizing my naked photos had already been sent to half a dozen people. An overwhelming sense of shame overtook me as I told him to prove it. He replied with a photo: It was definitely me, and I was definitely naked.
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