Miami Revenge Porn Victim Holly Jacobs Demands Politicians "Take Issue Seriously"

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Holly Jacobs' nightmare began in 2009. That's when naked photos of the Miami PhD student first appeared online. They soon went viral, appearing on hundreds of so-called revenge porn websites along with her name, phone number, and email address. Photos and videos were even sent to her bosses.

Jacobs has spent the past four and a half years trying to remove the embarrassing images from the internet. Two weeks ago, she filed suit against her ex and several revenge porn sites. Now Jacobs is urging Florida lawmakers to pass a proposal to criminalize what she calls "cyber rape." But with the legislative session ending tomorrow, House Bill 787 -- along with Jacobs' campaign -- hangs in the balance.

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"Somebody is trying to ruin your life, maybe even drive you to suicide by posting these images," she told Riptide during an in-person interview. "I wish [politicians] would take this issue seriously."

On April 18, Jacobs filed suit against ex-boyfriend Ryan Seay and several revenge porn websites for the "public disclosure of private facts" and "intentional infliction of emotional distress."

Contacted by Riptide, Seay said, "I would love to talk about it, but my lawyer has given me a gag order. I'm paying him a lot of money, so I should probably listen to him."

Seay and Jacobs -- then named Holli Thometz -- were friends at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. They began going out in 2005 after Jacobs returned from college. When Jacobs moved to Miami for graduate school, they continued dating long distance.

"We shared photos to keep the intimacy alive," Jacobs explains. "I completely trusted him with this material." When the couple split in 2008, it was a "normal breakup," Jacobs remembers. But on New Year's Day 2009, a friend called to say Jacobs' Facebook account had been hacked.

"You need to get on Facebook right away," the friend said. "Somebody has changed your profile pic to a nude photo of you." When Jacobs called Seay, he denied involvement, even saying he had been a victim of the same prank. "He was the only one with those photos," Jacobs says. "I think he was pretending to go through the same thing so we would reconnect again on some level."

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Instead, Jacobs' life became a nightmare as Seay allegedly posted sexually explicit photos and even a video of his former paramour. The photos spread like wildfire from one revenge porn website to another, along with her contact information.

Her university bosses were sent emails with the photos and a video of Jacobs titled "Masturbation 201 by Professor Holli Thometz." Jacobs even had to cancel a conference presentation when Seay allegedly encouraged internet trolls to show up and proposition her. "Everything just started snowballing," she says. When she began dating someone new, she received email threats.


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aerospacemichael
aerospacemichael

sorry I have seen the video and I must say, I prefer "Cipped Ham" over "Chipped Beef." By the looks of it, she has had it abused LOL. Oh and by the way, wash that thing and trim it a bit lol

sanctuary-v
sanctuary-v

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While I agree that the school was wrong, your headline should NOT have called this a "science project".  That makes it look like this was a legitimate school project, and the law specifically allows those.  It was kids messing around behind the school.

Yet you made the fake headline anyway, just like Faux News.   

It's tempting to do evil, isn't it?  The fact that it's "us" doing it doesn't make it not evil. It makes us lying propagandists, just like all the other evil institutions.

If we can't do it by telling the truth, then we ain't got no right to do it at all, children.


Faye kane ♀ homeless brain

sexiest astrophysicist you'll ever see naked

gflapg
gflapg

Another dumb White woman cant believe what her Black thug did. You got what you deserved bitch

P Edward Murray
P Edward Murray

Why on Earth would you let someone take photos of you like that? I mean , really?

mark14nx05y
mark14nx05y

This is a stupid law.  If I own the pictures (either cuz I took them myself or cuz u sent them to me), then why can't I do whatever I want to with MY PROPERTY? 

It is not against the law to put someone's name & info on the internet.  All kinds of "people finder" websites do this.  Nor is it illegal to put someone's picture on the internet.  But when you combine the two, it someone is illegal?  That makes no sense.

The Govt has no business telling me what to do with MY property!! 

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

sadly now i am sure a lot of folks will be on the internet searching for th video(s). would have been better just to let it go....

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

thank god you put her former name or I would have never found her video

John Pearson
John Pearson

Lesson to the stupid (no matter how many letters you have after your name) "DON'T LET SOMEONE TAKE NAKED PICTURES OF YOU!!!!

afterhour305
afterhour305

If it was a normal breakup, that's fucked up... but I've seen plenty of girls that deserve that shit. straight up.

Shannon Renee Vasko Price
Shannon Renee Vasko Price

Success if the best revenge, not pics. Stay strong, girlfriend, and find a way to make tons of money from his actions - books, seminars - make it great!

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

She just should have had that guy killed (or done it herself). That would have stopped all of this.

the_lavender_room
the_lavender_room

Her ex boyfriend is not a man and possibly psychotic! Anyone that places the blame on her for trying to be intimate with a person she loved and trusted is obviously lost touch with reality. This behavior is pathetic and is as terrible as blaming a victim for being raped.

Jeremy Alvarez
Jeremy Alvarez

Just because I CAN eat your children doesn't give me the right to. People should be allowed to share intimate things with each other with out the fear of jerks posting it online. I think its a good idea. Don't worry fellas, there are plenty of women out there who will willing allow their pornographic images online

Isaidy Pinto-Cribeiro
Isaidy Pinto-Cribeiro

her videos are still online and so are her pictures.. i dont think she will ever be teaching again.. As a future professional she should have known better than to send anyone videos of her masturbating. He is an asshole for posting it too especially knowing she was a professor.

Judge Hamilton Bowser
Judge Hamilton Bowser

Bitch needs to learn how the internet works. Making it sound like she went viral.

Jaclyn Rosell
Jaclyn Rosell

People make me sick. And even worse are the people who perpetuate it and act like its ok.

David Bye
David Bye

Its an age where any video or pic you do can be put online. If you don't want it online then don't take the risk by doing the video. She should make another video even better than the first.

sanctuary-v
sanctuary-v

@P Edward Murray  

Because it's sexy. You DO remember "sexy", right?

-faye kane

Ihasalegal
Ihasalegal

@mark14nx05y  you seem to not have a valid point, let me interject one for you.  Give out your real name, residential address, work place and address, your home and cel phone number included with a post of you performing an explict sex act (do not forget that your face must be visible so there will be no mistake in that it is you).  It is not illegal, yet, so you should stand up for your rights.  Don't let the government stop you from posting your private moments with your genitals and facebook address out for all to see. 

sanctuary-v
sanctuary-v

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This isn't a property issue, Man Rand.  It's a "freedom to do what you want" issue. If she had lent him her pix to masturbate with but still owned them, posting them should still be legal.  

Yes, he's an asshole.  But the government  shouldn't haul people to Security Prison for being an asshole.

--faye kane ☮

Caspy7
Caspy7

@mark14nx05y

"The Govt has no business telling me what to do with MY property!!" 

What about your house?  How about your car? And your knives?  Do you have full freedom to do anything with those?

My freedom to drive anywhere ends at the sidewalk.  I can wave around my knives if I want, but my freedom to do that ends at someone else's throat (well, skin in general).  These restrictions on how I use my property are good things because they protect other people (the same applies to libel). 

Burdensome or excessive governmental restrictions is another topic (a fine & understandable one), but restrictions on other people's property which protect my person, property and reputation is good and desirable.  You can't have personal rights without restrictions on property use, you can however (will in fact) have anarchy without them.  

bestleftunsaid
bestleftunsaid

@Carl Snyder My point exactly. Why would she let them publish knowing that information was in the article? 

sanctuary-v
sanctuary-v

@Isaidy Pinto-Cribeiro  

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Anyone who would hire the second-choice job candidate because the best one has naked pix on the internet ought to be fired.

--faye kane

mark14nx05y
mark14nx05y

@Ihasalegal @mark14nx05y   Maybe I am not an idiot to put myself out there naked on the interwebs for all to see.  When I give someone my naked pics, or when I allow someone to take naked pics of me, I am giving up my power to decide who gets and who does not get to see me naked.

In any event, you are arguing emotions and not the law.  This is a legal issue involving property rights and just how far we are willing to let the government interfere with our lives.

You do not have to like the US Supreme Court decisions and you can disagree with them as much as you want to.  But the law is what it is and wishing otherwise does not make it so.  The federal courts have REPEATED said that the Government's interest in criminalizing speech that inflicts emotional distress is not a compelling one.

The Constitution is what it is.  We live in a free society often times filled with jerks.  But it is not the government's job to be everyone baby sitter and to make everyone play nice with one another.

mark14nx05y
mark14nx05y

@Caspy7 @mark14nx05y   -  The Problem with your argument is that cars and weapons have always been regulated to some extent.  And misuse of them can cause a physical or property damage.  What you want to do, and what this law would do, is upend nearly a century of copyright law and court decisions!

Copyright law is well settled in American and international law.  This law would upend that.  Plus, it would create a prior restraint on someone's speech based simply on the assumption that someone's feelings might be hurt.

Content-based restriction of speech must survive strict scrutiny. 

This law could not survive a strict scrutiny review.  Preventing hurt feelings is not a compelling governmental reason, otherwise we will need a lot more laws on the books.  See U.S. v. Playboy Entertainment Group, 529 U.S. 803 (2000) (Government's interest in criminalizing speech that inflicts emotional distress is not a compelling one).

See also U.S. v. Cassidy, __ F.Supp.2d __, 2011 WL 6260872 (U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland 2011).

It is not the job of the DA or police to be baby sitters or life coaches.

mark14nx05y
mark14nx05y

@Caspy7 @mark14nx05y   -- Well this law is what we are talking about here.  It is the whole point of the article.  Why are you discussing something completely different??

By the plain language of your initial post, you appear to be in favor of the law and its regulation of speech.  But now you are saying that you are not in favor.  So which is it?

Caspy7
Caspy7

@mark14nx05y@Caspy7

Woah there. I said nothing about this proposed law. I agree it's dangerous. I was just dismantling your statement that "The Govt has no business telling me what to do with MY property!!"  

They kinda do. And it's better that way.

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