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Former News Anchor Waging War On 'Revenge Porn'

She's turning her experience into a mission to fight what she calls "digital domestic violence."


This story is part of a bi-weekly series that celebrates people who are reaching across a divide to "build bridges" with those different from themselves. The Sparkt Bridges series is made possible with the support of UPMC.

Darieth Chisolm is used to the spotlight. As an Emmy Award winning television personality, former Pittsburgh news anchor, author, and life and business coach, she understands life in the public eye. But she never imagined the publicly mortifying twist her life would take.

Two years ago, Chisolm became the victim of something known as "revenge porn," at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. She was living with the man in Jamaica. After she broke it off, he posted explicit photos and videos of her online and sent the link to her friends and colleagues. Chisolm had no idea the images even existed; most were taken while she was sleeping. Even worse, she had no idea where to turn to get help having the images removed and her abuser prosecuted. She knows she's not alone, which is exactly why she is now on a journey to help other victims:

Chisolm founded a global movement 50 Shades of Silence to give voice to victims of cyber harassment and online crimes. They've produced a documentary which premiered in Los Angeles over the weekend (photo below), and is nominated for an Emmy. The group is also tackling the issue of revenge porn from a legislative standpoint, collecting thousands of signatures in support of bills that would make revenge porn a federal offense. Click here to find out more about the organization and view the documentary, and click here to sign a petition lobbying for passage of the revenge porn bills.

As for Chisolm's ex-boyfriend, he was found guilty in a Jamaican court. He is currently awaiting sentencing. Chisolm calls the ruling a victory that comes with a sense of relief and extreme gratitude, both feelings she hopes to help other women experience.

(Images: Darieth Chisolm Facebook and Twitter pages)

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