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Former Democrat Candidate On Leaked Photos: ‘My Entire Life Was Rocked’

via WAVY TV 10
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Susanna Gibson, a former Virginia House of Delegates candidate, spoke out about explicit videos of her and her husband surfacing before her election loss, claiming it was an invasion of privacy by Republican operatives.

She emphasized feeling blindsided and victimized, stating that the distribution of the videos was illegal.

Gibson argued that consensual digital content being distributed non-consensually is a crime and should not impact one’s ability to contribute positively to their community. (Trending: US State Unveils Controversial ‘Gender Neutral’ Laws)

“It is a feeling that I would not wish on my worst enemy,” Gibson said.

“My entire life was rocked on Sept. 11, when the article ran,” she said of a Washington Post article covering the matter.

“It ran, implying that I performed sex acts online with my husband for money.”

“It was really written based on this Dropbox file that self-described Republican operatives shopped around.”

“They had found these videos on the dark web and shopped them around to various news outlets. I didn’t have any idea that there were ever videos of me that had been made and uploaded to multiple sites,” she added.

When you find out that there are sexually explicit videos of you online, especially by being contacted by national reporters — it is a feeling that I would not wish on my worst enemy.”

“Content that is initially made in a consensual context, which is then distributed in a non-consensual context digitally, is a crime.”

“I think what people do in their private lives, digitally — if it is legal, it is consensual and has no bearing on their ability to do their jobs — I think there should be a barrier.”

“I think that it is unethical to make people’s private lives — especially their sexual private lives — public and part of how we think about them and their ability to do their jobs and make positive contributions to their communities.”

“I think this is going to continue to happen as millennials age into running for office. There was a 2014 study conducted by McAfee that said or showed that 90 percent of millennial women have taken nude photos at some point.”

She warned that such scrutiny may affect other women in the future, especially as millennials age into running for office.

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