Today the Guardian released a video telling the story of our client, YouTube sensation Chrissy Chambers. She became a victim of revenge pornography when her English ex-boyfriend published surreptitiously-filmed videos of a sexual encounter with her online. She did not know that the videos had been taken and did not find out that they existed or had been posted online until tens of thousands of people had already seen them. This was a fundamental violation of her human rights and caused Chrissy damage psychologically, in her relationships and in her work.
I represent Chrissy because I think we must fight back against the harm caused when a person is violated in this way. While the new law criminalizing revenge pornography in England and Wales represents progress, it doesn’t cover the images of Chrissy, which were posted before the law was passed. We have to use other legal avenues to help her. We need to find a way to ensure that people like Chrissy not only have the protection of the criminal law, but also are able to access civil remedies and obtain compensation for the cruel damage caused when people deliberately use the power of the internet to embarrass and humiliate. This is why we continue to fight.