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Bella Thorne Dropped Her Own Nudes After A Hacker Blackmailed Her And This Is The Kind Of Violence We Need To Talk More About

There’s nothing like being the victim of invasion. Having anyone, let alone a stranger, go through your personal belongings, journals, images, phone, etc., is like being exposed to the entire world. You cannot help but feel naked and vulnerable. Living in today’s social media world, we put so much out there, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have control of what’s out there, even for celebrities.

There’s no question that revenge porn — when someone you know takes private sexual images or videos and makes the public — is a thing that everyone risks being a victim to. There are also random hackers that invade your accounts and threaten to release the images if they don’t get paid. These invasions are entirely illegal. Yet it still happens, and this latest case of an attack is brilliant, simply because she wouldn’t allow a hacker to bully her into becoming another casualty of nude hacking.

An alleged hacker threatened actress and singer Bella Thorne and told her if she didn’t give them money, they’d release nude images of her.

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The actress of Cuban descent took to Twitter to let the world know what exactly was going on.

“Yesterday, as you all know, my sh*t was hacked,” she posted. “For the last 24 hours, I have been threatened with my own nudes. I feel gross. I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see.”

Thorne said the alleged hacker also showed her nude images of other celebrities.

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“He won’t stop with me or anyone,” she said on social media, “he will just keep going.”

Throne told The Hollywood Reporter that she didn’t initially report it to the police because she felt terrible for the hacker.

“This kid sounds like he’s 17, as much as I’m so angry and wanted to f*ck him up over doing this to people I just wanted to teach him a lesson,” she told the publication. “He’s still a kid, and we make mistakes, this mistake is a bad one. But I don’t want some 17-year-old’s whole life ruined because he wasn’t thinking straight and [was] being a dumbass.”

She added, “Plus, he’s obviously smart, so if he got on the right side of the tracks, he could actually possibly help our community and be an alliance. You can’t always tear someone down for their bad sides but more so build up their good sides.”

Throne said she ended up releasing the images herself because she was tired of men taking advantage of her.

“I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back,” Thorne wrote. “U can’t control my life u never will.”

As of this publication, the FBI is investigating the matter.

Nigerian Women Are Protesting Rape And Sexual Violence

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Nigerian Women Are Protesting Rape And Sexual Violence

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It’s not just in the United States that Black people and women of color face injustice.

In Nigeria, protestors have erupted into the streets of their country as women fight to combat rape and sexual violence. In Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, a human rights coalition group marched to the state parliament calling them to declare a state of emergency on rape and sexual violence. As part of the march, activists wore black outfits and carried signs that called to “End Rape.”

The march came as a result of brutal femicides in the past few weeks.

Uwaila Vera Omozuwa was a 22-year-old student who was attacked and raped in a church and later killed. Less than a week later, on June 1, Barakat Bello, a university student was raped and killed during a robbery in her home in the city of Ibadan.

The students’ deaths have inspired citizens to demand calls for government action against the gender-based violence that takes place at high rates across the country.

“These unfortunate events are not standalone, rather they are a culmination of unhealthy cultural practices,” the Women Against Rape in Nigeria (WARN) group said in a petition submitted to lawmakers earlier this week.

WARN is currently campaigning for all states in Nigeria to have a sex offenders list. Currently, not all states do so or make them public. The organization is still pushing for other measures to make the public aware of the perpetrators of sexual violence.

Nigeria is proof that silence amasses violence.

According to UNICEF, one in four girls living in Nigeria has experienced some type of sexual violence. Femicide and rape cases are grossly under-reported in the country and have allowed perpetrators to go unpunished and to recommit their crimes. It’s time for a change. Not just in our country but across the globe.

Mexican Newspaper Slammed After Publishing Graphic Photos Of Woman’s Tragic Death

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Mexican Newspaper Slammed After Publishing Graphic Photos Of Woman’s Tragic Death

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In Mexico, the recent brutal mutilation and slaying of a 25-year-old woman are spurning conversations about the country’s efforts to prevent femicide and laws that protect victims from the media.

On Sunday, Mexican authorities revealed that they had discovered the body of Ingrid Escamilla.

According to reports, Escamilla was found lifeless with her body skinned and many of her organs missing. At the scene, a 46-year-old man was also discovered alive. His body was covered in bloodstains and he was arrested.

As of this story wasn’t troubling enough, local tabloids and websites managed to bring more tragedy to the victim and her family by splashing leaked graphic photos and videos of the victim’s body. In a terribly crafted headline, one paper by the name of Pasala printed the photos on its front page with the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” The headline is a reference to the fact that the man found at the scene was Escamilla’s husband.

According to leaked video footage from the arrest scene, Escamilla’s husband admitted to stabbing his wife after a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him. He then claimed to have skinned her body to eliminate evidence.

Mexic City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, revealed that prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator.

“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote in a tweet according to CNN. According to reports, Mexico broke records in 2018 when its homicide record reached over 33,000 people that year.

The publication of Escamilla’s mutilated body has sparked discussions regarding the way in which reports about violence against women are handled.

Women’s rights organizations have lambasted the papers that originally published photos of Escamilla’s body and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed criticism of the media’s response to the brutal slaying.

In a press conference on Thursday, President López Obrador expressed his determination to find and punish anyone responsible for the image leaks. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he stated.