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Florida senator fights back over nude images stolen from her

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State Sen. Lauren Book typically has informed the story about how she was sexually abused by her nanny for six years when she was a toddler. She channeled the ache right into a lifetime of serving to different abuse survivors.

Now after years of working onerous to heal herself and restore her life — operating a non-profit to assist victims, getting married, having youngsters and successful her Senate seat — Book has been victimized once more, this time by somebody attempting to extort her by threatening to disclose nude images that had been stolen from her.

What’s worse: During the investigation, she realized that the images had been purchased and traded on-line since 2000.

“I hate that this happened to me,” Book informed The Associated Press in an interview. “I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. But I’ll take it, because I know that I can do something about it.”

Book is taking motion as solely a legislator can. While the ache got here speeding back, so did her spirit to battle, and she or he’s searching for a brand new regulation to attempt to stop others from being victimized.

The invoice sponsored by Book, a Democrat, will get its first committee listening to Tuesday. It would strengthen Florida’s revenge porn regulation by making it a felony to steal sexually express images from somebody’s telephone or different digital gadgets. It would additionally make disseminating altered or created sexually express images, generally known as deepfakes, a felony.

Book vented her anger within the telephone interview with the AP Monday night time as she described the worldwide commerce and sale of images stolen from folks with out their data. She cursed loudly at instances, and typically choked back tears. She known as it a sick, perverted subculture that pays extra for images of celebrities and elected officers, however which additionally victimizes ladies who aren’t well-known.

“Truth be told, if it weren’t for my children, I would have ended my life,” she stated. “It brought up all of the stuff. All of it that you think that you’ve gotten under your belt, that you’ve fixed it and you’ve changed it and then all of a sudden here it is in front of your face.”

And the conversations folks had on the web site made the horror worse.

“They were reading about who I was and talking about how I’m a survivor of rape, so let’s try to get some rape videos. Can we get some of her getting raped, killed, tortured? Can we make some of that? Can we find it? How can we get it?” Book stated.

Book nonetheless doesn’t know the way the images had been stolen. But she stated investigators informed her the images {the teenager} used to attempt to extort her had been despatched from digital non-public networks in Sweden and Russia.

As a 17-year-old daughter of an influential lobbyist, she discovered the braveness whereas battling anorexia, sleepless nights and crying suits to go to Tallahassee and persuade lawmakers and then-Gov. Jeb Bush to go a regulation requiring HIV assessments for rape suspects.

Now she’s a 37-year-old senator, and feels blessed to be ready to battle back, with the sources to rent an legal professional to have images eliminated from web sites. Many others do not.

Still, whereas her childhood abuse had a starting and an finish — her abuser was prosecuted and imprisoned — this case will go on perpetually.

“There are nonetheless issues up there. Still. They’ll by no means be gone. People had been shopping for it, folks had been buying and selling it, and this isn’t distinctive. This is going on each single day, to ladies predominantly,” she stated.



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