Holly Jacobs’ life was turned upside down when nude photographs of herself she shared privately with someone she was in a relationship with surfaced on the internet in 2011 without her consent and exposing her identity. Desperate for resources to protect herself, Holly wanted run and hide from the world. Instead, she channeled her strength and chose to fight back — for herself and other victims of nonconsensual porn (NCP, AKA “revenge porn”). In 2012, Holly launched the End Revenge Porn campaign, which started as an effort to gather signatures in favor of creating a federal law against NCP. Her initiative evolved into the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), a nonprofit organization serving thousands of victims around the world and advocating for technological, social, and legal innovation to fight online abuse and discrimination. Today, CCRI serves thousands of victims around the world, and of the 41 states and DC that currently have laws against this, CCRI advised legislators on drafting NCP legislation in 30 of those states, DC, and the federal government. Since the establishment of the CCRI Crisis Helpline in 2014, it has served an average of 100-200 victims of NCP or online harassment per month. In 2017 alone, CCRI’s Crisis Helpline served 2,609 callers.
As a Women of Worth, I want to tell victims like myself that they don’t have to run or hide in shame. They are not alone and together we have the power to speak up and fight online abuse.