Online harassment

George Zimmerman’s revenge porn victim speaks out

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On Friday, George Zimmerman was suspended by Twitter for posting nude images of a woman along with her contact info and calls for his followers on the social media platform to harass her. The outburst by Zimmerman was the latest in a string of bad behavior since his 2013 acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Now, the woman seen in the photos is speaking out about the experience. In an interview with The Daily Dot, a 35-year-old Florida woman who would only be identified by her first name, Heather, said she “never dreamed that anything like this would ever happen to me.” Heather said she hails from a small town in Kentucky, and has no experience dealing with widespread publicity. She recalled being at the office, working on Thursday when her phone suddenly started “going crazy.” Heather said she was subjected to all sorts of messages — some expressing support and sympathy that she’d been put in such a position; others were a clear answer to Zimmerman’s call for harassment. “It’s very violating,” she said. She’d never heard of “revenge porn” before, but shortly thereafter, she visited a sheriff’s office to file for a restraining order. Explaining how she got involved a man who has as checkered a past as Zimmerman does, she recalled, “He’s a very charismatic person when you first meet him. He tells you what you want to hear. And you just think, well the media portrays him as this monster. You’re looking at him, and you’re listening to him, and it’s like, ‘They were so wrong.’ But did I think he would ever do this to me? No.” Heather went on to discuss what her parents thought about Zimmerman and how she characterized her time dating the notorious ex-neighborhood watchman.

Read the full story at The Daily Dot.

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