By Daily Mail Reporter. A Florida woman whose life was turned upside down when her ex-boyfriend posted naked pictures of her to a revenge porn website is picking up the pieces after the embarrassing ordeal. Holly Jacobs, who has changed her named from Holli Thometz, says her former boyfriend Ryan Seay distributed private intimate photos she had shared with him on the internet in after they broke up. Now she is on a crusade to help other women who have been victimized in cyber stalking schemes and trying to move forward with her life. Hopeful future: Holly Jacobs is putting on a brave face and trying to move forward after her ex allegedly distributed naked pictures of her in after they broke up. The horrifying ordeal began in January , when a friend called Jacobs told her that naked pictures of her had surfaced on the web. The woman spent months in a state of constant fear, Googling herself constantly to try and get the photos taken down. After two years, she became fed up and is speaking out in hope that it can help other women.
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A bill banning "revenge porn" — nude or sexual photos, generally of former wives or girlfriends, posted online by an angry ex — has been signed into law by California's governor, but the chief advocate for the legislation says it doesn't go far enough to help victims. The law makes it a misdemeanor to post nude photos of someone else online without their permission, and the person posting the photos or videos must have done so with the intent of causing emotional distress or humiliation. Holly Jacobs , a Florida woman who founded End Revenge Porn after her own nightmare with the issue began more than four years ago, said the law is an "encouraging first step," but doesn't do enough to protect victims whose "selfies," photos of themselves, were shared with exes. Almost four out of five photos that are posted online of victims by vengeful exes are photos that the victims had shared with their exes, and were meant only for their eyes, Jacobs said in a statement. The California law "only addresses images taken or recorded by other individuals, which means that it fails to cover 'self-shots,' " she said. While some might think, well, if you don't want such shots posted, don't take those kind of photos, Jacobs said previously that's "just a new version of victim blaming," and that many people don't realize such sexting photos are "the real world," especially for a younger generation. Allowing angry exes to post nude photos of ex-lovers, along with personal information about the victims, has become a cottage industry for some websites. The victim who finds his or her compromising "selfie" online may be able to file a take-down notice to the hosting website, via the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act which deems the photographer the owner of the picture. Charging the poster with a copyright violation is an arduous process however, and small comfort to the victim whose image is likely a permanent part of cyberspace.
In the ordinary course of things, the allegation that the promising young Democrat had an affair with a member of her congressional staff — something which Congress banned only last year, and something she denies — would have been investigated by the House Ethics Committee, and the outcome and consequences known. Hill is just the latest and highest-profile target of this particular kind of online harassment. Years ago, after explicit images of Holly Jacobs were posted online, she decided to dedicate herself to helping other victims, and founded the Florida-based Cyber Civil Rights Initiative , an online resource advising and advocating for victims. How you define revenge porn?
A Florida man who was accused of posting sexually explicit images of his ex-girlfriend to the Internet has broken his silence following the dismissal of criminal charges against him. In October, Hillsborough County prosecutors dropped all charges against Ryan Seay , whose girlfriend, Holly Jacobs, had claimed he'd spread hundreds of explicit pictures and videos of her on the Internet. But Seay said the damage has already been done. And the girl that I know is long gone.