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Actress Olympia Valance confirms she is the target of an ‘ongoing’ revenge porn attack

Olympia Valance has revealed she is the victim of an ongoing cyber crime attack. 

The Australian actress’ phone was hacked more than a year ago, and her private photos were then stolen and published online without her consent.

On Thursday, the 27-year-old broke her silence on the revenge porn ordeal, and said she wanted to ‘take some control back’ by going public.

Revenge porn nightmare: Olympia Valance (pictured in Channel 10 drama Playing for Keeps) has revealed she is the victim of an ongoing cyber crime attack. Her phone was hacked more than a year ago, and her private photos were stolen and published online without her consent 

A ‘revenge porn’ attack is when a person’s intimate photos or videos are shared without their consent, usually on the Internet. 

In Australia, the act is a punishable criminal offence.

‘As a victim of this, I have had to fight to try and contain these images from reaching the broader public,’ Olympia said, who has been working closely with lawyers, her management team, the police and ‘the angels at Image Cyber Crime’.

Despite her team’s best efforts, Olympia claims her last resort was to speak up, reclaim her control and use her voice to encourage positive change and discourse. 

'I am a public figure, but I am also a human being': Neighbours star Olympia said the victim-blaming surrounding cyber crime attacks and revenge porn needed to stop

‘I am a public figure, but I am also a human being’: Neighbours star Olympia said the victim-blaming surrounding cyber crime attacks and revenge porn needed to stop

'I have been dealing with this for over a year now': The Australian actress' phone was compromised more than a year ago by a hacking of private images, which were then published online without her consent

‘I have been dealing with this for over a year now’: The Australian actress’ phone was compromised more than a year ago by a hacking of private images, which were then published online without her consent

Neighbours star Olympia said the victim-blaming surrounding cyber crime attacks and revenge porn needed to stop.

‘Taking intimate photos for yourself, or to share with a partner, is not a shameful thing to do. Stealing them and sharing them online without consent is!’

‘We should be allowed to embrace our sexuality without fear that someone will take those images and manipulate them for their own gain,’ she said, personally shaming anyone who had actively searched for, or shared, her stolen images.  

‘I am not ashamed. I am not embarrassed. I will not apologise. I have done nothing wrong,’ the Playing For Keeps actress continued in her powerful statement.   

'Taking intimate photos for yourself, or to share with a partner, is not a shameful thing to do': Olympia said victims should not be blamed for the privacy invasion, and instead perpetrators of these vile acts should feel ashamed for their actions

‘Taking intimate photos for yourself, or to share with a partner, is not a shameful thing to do’: Olympia said victims should not be blamed for the privacy invasion, and instead perpetrators of these vile acts should feel ashamed for their actions

Leaning on her support network: Olympia said she had seen psychologists and relied on family, friends, and her partner Tom Bellchambers (left) when she at 'the depths of sadness'

Leaning on her support network: Olympia said she had seen psychologists and relied on family, friends, and her partner Tom Bellchambers (left) when she at ‘the depths of sadness’

'We have to stand together': The Playing For Keeps star chose to break her silence on the profound violation she's been subjected to in order to 'take some control back' in her life and prove she is a 'strong, resistant and powerful woman'

‘We have to stand together’: The Playing For Keeps star chose to break her silence on the profound violation she’s been subjected to in order to ‘take some control back’ in her life and prove she is a ‘strong, resistant and powerful woman’

Olympia went on to say the traumatising experience, despite seeing psychologists, had spiked her anxiety and taken her to ‘the depths of sadness’.  

‘I am a public figure, but I am also a human being. I hurt and I certainly feel pain. Like many other women who are also victims of this heartless and intrusive crime, I have to come to terms with these pictures being circulated beyond my control,’ she said.

In 2018, Australia’s Parliament passed legislation aimed at protecting citizens from people distributing non-consensual intimate images and videos online, known as ‘revenge porn’, by mandating civil and criminal penalties. 

The act is now punishable by criminal penalties of up to seven years in prison and civil penalties of up to AU$525,000 for corporations and AU$105,000 for individuals.

An investigation by RMIT and Monash University in 2017 discovered that one-in-five Australians has been a victim of revenge porn. 

If you or your business are a victim of a cybercrime, please report it in the first instance to the Australian Cyber Security Centre   

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