21 August 2020 08:50
Olympia Valance has opened up about her horrific experience as a victim of cyber crime. The actress, 27, posted a lengthy statement spanning several pages on Instagram August 20, confirming the "traumatising" ordeal which saw private images of her shared without consent. "I am writing this as confirmation that I know I have become a victim of cyber crime," the statement reads. "I have been dealing with this for over a year now since my phone was compromised by a hacking of private images, which were then published online. Olympia Valance has confirmed she is a victim of cyber crime which saw private photos of her leaked.
(Instagram) "I have since had to deal with this again recently, when new images were recirculated, retraumatising me and pushing my anxiety into a space it has never been." "Imagine the level of profound violation if this happened to your daughter, your sister, or to you," she added. "I am a public figure, but I am also a human being." Valance, who's dating AFL player Tom Bellchambers, said despite the ongoing battle, police and her legal team have been unable to stop the images from being distributed. "Such offences involve leaking (in my case hacking) images without consent in order to humiliate, degrade, control and blackmail a person,'' she added. "As a victim of this, I have had to fight to try and contain these images from reaching the broader public and for media not to publish stories using my name." The actress and model admitted that the situation had "really rocked" her this year, but noted that "taking intimate photos for yourself, or to share with a partner is not a shameful thing to do." "Stealing them and sharing them online without consent is," she said. I'm not ashamed. I'm not embarrassed. I will not apologise. I have done nothing wrong. "We should be allowed to embrace our sexuality without fear that someone will take those images and manipulate them for their own gain," she said. Olympia Valance and her boyfriend AFL player Tom Bellchambers, (Instagram) Valance thanked her family, friends and psychologists for helping her cope with the ordeal. Valance met Essendon player Bellchambers on the celebrity dating app Raya, confirming their relationship in June 2019. She has been isolating away from her partner while locked down in Melbourne amid the coronavirus pandemic.