posted by Ella Wells

Chrissy is the first to take legal action against revenge porn through UK courts.

Two years ago, Chrissy Chambers, the YouTube star with over 600,000 subscribers, received a comment on one of her videos that changed her life forever – and she has been perusing a legal case against a UK website that allegedly hosted an explicit video of her ever since.

The 25 year old from LA has decided to fight back against a website that hosted what she claims to be a revenge porn video of her, that was filmed when she was only 18 years of age, to hopefully help other victims who have been put in the same situation.

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In a recent interview with the Telegraph, she spoke out about when she first realised her British ex-boyfriend, who was six years older than her, had posted a “revenge porn video” online. The video was filmed four years previously, when Chrissy was “intoxicated and unconcious” and “clearly unable to consent”. When talking to the UK national newspaper, she explained: “Someone had commented on a video: ‘she’s a slut. Check out these videos.’ My heart stopped a bit. I had to Google my own name to find out what she was talking about. I was petrified.”

Revenge porn was actually made illegal in the UK last year and the offence can now carry a sentence of up to two years imprisonment. However, as the material that Chrissy is taking legal action against was supposedly posted before then, it is not protected by the new legislation. Currently, the footage is still owned by the man who filmed it – and it has already received 10,000’s of views and been shared on 35 different pornography websites.

Chambers is now the first person to ever go though the UK courts to sue a pornography website and her lawyer, Ann Olivarius, told The Sunday Times: “It will be the first time this has been done. This will be a game-changer case.”  Chrissy and her girlfriend Bria Kam, who share their YouTube channel ‘BriaAndChrissy’, even met with the US presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton at the end of last month. They asked Clinton whether she would introduce a revenge porn law in America, to which she promised to tackle the issue if she were to be elected.

Usually, in sensitive cases like these, the victim has full anonymity; but Chrissy has decided to wave her right to remain unnamed to fight back and help others who are going through the same situation. She told the Telegraph: “I don’t want other victims to go through two years of not being able to speak out, or the shame of telling someone you were the victim of revenge porn.”

If you have been effected by Chrissy’s story, or anything in this article, you can contact Victim Support here.