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  • [This talk contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual abuse]

  • Can I get a show of hands who here has ever Googled themselves?

  • I have.

  • But what started off as momentary curiosity

  • very quickly turned

  • into an almost five-year horrific battle

  • that almost ruined my life.

  • I Google Images reverse-searched myself:

  • a function of Google that allows you to upload an image

  • and it shows you where it is on the internet.

  • This is me at 17 years old.

  • An innocent selfie I took before a party.

  • Now, before I continue, I must point out

  • that what I'm about to talk about is very confronting and graphic.

  • But there's no way out.

  • This is a very confronting issue.

  • In a split second,

  • my screen was flooded with that image

  • and dozens more images of me

  • that had been stolen from my social media,

  • on links connected to porn sites.

  • On these sites, nameless, faceless sexual predators

  • had published highly explicit sexual commentary about me

  • and what they'd like to do to me.

  • "Cover her face and we'd fuck her body,"

  • one person wrote.

  • They also published identifying information about me:

  • where I lived, what I studied, who I was.

  • But things got worse.

  • I soon discovered that these sexual predators

  • had doctored or photoshopped my face

  • onto the bodies of naked adult actresses engaged in sexual intercourse,

  • on solo shots

  • of me being ejaculated on by two men.

  • Sperm was edited onto my face.

  • I was edited onto the cover of a porn DVD.

  • Perpetrators had edited my images

  • to give the effect that my blouse was transparent or see-through,

  • so you could see my nipples.

  • Perpetrators ejaculated on images of me,

  • took photos of their sperm and penises on these images

  • and posted them onto porn sites.

  • "Cum on printed pigs," is what they call it.

  • Now, you might be wondering,

  • what sorts of images I posted on social media.

  • This is me, at around 19 at the Claremont Hotel,

  • just a few suburbs away.

  • And they superimposed that face into this.

  • And things got worse.

  • Nothing was off limits for these predators.

  • They even posted an image with my little sister on these sites too.

  • Now, you might be thinking,

  • "Well, you do dress provocatively,

  • even a little sexually suggestive,

  • attention seeking maybe."

  • But just because a woman's body gets attention,

  • doesn't mean she's attention-seeking.

  • And what is provocative anyway, what is sexually suggestive?

  • In some parts of the world, showing your ankles

  • is promiscuous, is provocative.

  • It's just like, no matter what a woman wears,

  • it's always perceived as more sexual than it is.

  • For me, I just wanted to feel pretty and confident.

  • What's so wrong with that?

  • Now, you might be thinking,

  • "Well, can't you just set your social media on private?"

  • Well, these perpetrators were calculated.

  • They befriended my friends on social media

  • under fake profiles,

  • they followed the public galleries

  • of the events and places I regularly visited.

  • But why?

  • Why should one have to retreat and hide

  • out of fear that something like this could happen?

  • What I post and what I wear

  • isn't an invitation to violate and abuse me.

  • The only person that should be changing their behavior

  • is the perpetrators.

  • (Applause)

  • Now, you might be thinking, why me?

  • Well, I'm just one

  • of the thousands upon thousands

  • of ordinary women who are being preyed upon

  • in these mass-scale, horrific online cultures, websites and threads

  • that are dedicated to sexually exploiting and doctoring

  • ordinary images of women into porn.

  • As I speak,

  • there are women who are being preyed upon, and they don't even know it.

  • In the beginning, I tried seeking help.

  • I went to police, I contacted government agencies,

  • I even tried to hire a private investigator,

  • but they were too expensive.

  • There was nothing that they could do.

  • I mean, what could you do

  • when the sites are hosted overseas and the perpetrators are from overseas?

  • I was told I had to contact the sites one by one,

  • notifying the webmasters to get everything deleted.

  • And so as you can imagine,

  • in complete and utter fear and pain,

  • I did.

  • I contacted the webmasters,

  • requesting that they delete the material shared without consent.

  • And I had some successes,

  • but I also had some major setbacks.

  • The more I fought,

  • the more sites I would discover,

  • and with time, the more my images were being seen and shared

  • in the tens of thousands.

  • I had one webmaster respond to me saying he'll only delete the site

  • if I sent him nude photos of myself within 24 hours.

  • And this went on for years,

  • fighting against these dodgy, disgusting sites.

  • But I was fighting a losing battle.

  • And I couldn't continue this any longer for my own mental health.

  • But what could I do?

  • Maybe, I thought, if I spoke out,

  • I could reclaim my name,

  • and I could rewrite my narrative on my own terms.

  • Maybe if I spoke out,

  • I could raise awareness about this.

  • Maybe I could even try to change the law.

  • And so I did.

  • (Applause)

  • I spoke out publicly late last year

  • and news of my story reverberated around the world.

  • But this was the response.

  • "She's a fat, ugly slut, she's a whore."

  • "She's an attention-seeking piece of trash."

  • "Feel flattered, baby, it's a compliment."

  • I was victim-blamed and slut-shamed

  • and told I was deserving of what happened to me.

  • And quite frankly,

  • that was more difficult for me to endure

  • than my actual experiences of image-based abuse.

  • But I couldn't let this criticism defeat me.

  • I knew what the perpetrators had done was wrong,

  • and I knew what they were doing to others was wrong.

  • And so I petitioned.

  • I sent out impassioned pleas for support.

  • But it didn't work.

  • I think I got like 330 signatures.

  • And that was really disheartening.

  • But I then contacted my state and federal MPs.

  • And I was referred to the New South Wales Attorney General's department,

  • who were already in the process of drafting new laws

  • to criminalize the nonconsensual distribution of intimate images.

  • Image-based sexual abuse.

  • Some of you might know it as revenge porn.

  • And soon I became a spokesperson,

  • a public face for the new laws.

  • But I must point out,

  • I do not in any way, shape or form

  • want to take credit for this change in the law.

  • This is on the backs of cybersafety experts,

  • of researchers, of the Attorney General's department,

  • of so many people who have fought for years.

  • New South Wales was the first state in all the world

  • to specifically include a provision on altering images.

  • Something that happened to me,

  • something you certainly don't hear about very often.

  • And now ACT has also criminalized this,

  • also with a provision on altered images.

  • And next year, WA is introducing legislation

  • and hopefully, they introduce a provision on altered images

  • and I urge every state and every country in this world to follow suit,

  • because right now,

  • there's no justice for people like me.

  • Despite it all,

  • despite the hate and despite the criticism,

  • despite the fact that I'm never going to get justice,

  • because my experiences happened before this movement of law reform,

  • speaking out was the best thing I've ever done,

  • because I know for a fact that it has helped people.

  • And I just want to live in a world

  • where, regardless of what I wear or what I post,

  • that I'm still worthy of being treated with dignity and respect.

  • Respect.

  • Now, that's an idea worth sharing.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

[This talk contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual abuse]

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