Topless XR protester says she was teenage revenge porn victim in tragic post

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Extinction Rebellion protester Laura Amherst bravely shared her struggle with anxiety on Instagram as she claims she was the victim of revenge porn as a teenager.

The 31-year-old, who first came into the spotlight for stripping off in front of police officers at a climate protest earlier this year, has urged people to seek help for their mental health after struggling for years herself.

Posing in a pale pink bikini top and thigh-high stockings, Laura recalled how exposing her body wasn't always her choice as some boys bullied her for a sex act when she was still a minor.

She wrote: "When I was in my teens I was a victim of revenge “porn” and it destroyed my life and I want to share with you my story.

"A group of schoolboys decided to get me to do a sex act on a boy that I liked (and who I thought I was dating) but who was using me for sex- he got me to do said act- that I had no problem with as I wanted to please him, and he told everyone at school.

"I was horrifically bullied and outcasted and slut shamed. I lost most of my friends, and I had such severe anxiety I was being sick before having to go to school. This was in the last year of high school."

She went on to explain that she began feeling depressed and struggled to get out of bed.

The then Year 11 girl also began to self-harm and attempted to take her own life 'regularly.'

After leaving school she decided to work at Babestation before later becoming a stripper.

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She added: "I remember sitting in clubs and barely talking to anyone all night, and crying my eyes out on the way home. I hated myself and decided to get plastic surgery- it got me more attention and I felt “good” for a while.

"But the loneliness and bitterness at what had happened to me, plus not being able to talk about it properly, really overtook my life.

"For a decade, I was in depression- severe social anxiety. I grew up with no mum and an abusive dad, no real support since my grandma passed. I decided to redo my A-levels and go to university a bit later on.

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"In the first year just as I finished I found out I was pregnant at 7.5 months – a massive shock. I’d lost my mum a year prior (severely disabled from a vicious attack and then passed away) and I was in a very broken and lonely state.

"I was so alone, severe lack of self-worth, and didn’t talk to anyone."

She closed the powerful post to her 20k followers telling them that they aren't alone if they are suffering this Christmas as she 'gets it' as she still suffers from panic attacks, nightmares and insomnia.

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Her fans left her comments wishing her happiness for the future.

One user wrote: "Hoping that the rest of your life is much happier, it’s pretty horrible how other people can try to destroy you, stay strong, be kind and be the best person you can be."

Another added: "I hope the rest of your life will be filled with joy and love"

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