How Much Of Domestic Violence Can Be Done Online?

“You can fight to get the image removed, but the damage is already done”

Darieth Chisolm

Darieth Chisolm - www.50shadesofsilence.com

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – In this day and age, domestic violence does not only occur physically and mentally, but also through social media.

On Friday, UPMC Passavant hosted their 6th annual Domestic Violence Conference, focusing on digital abuse and human trafficking.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Darieth Chisolm, Emmy award-winning news anchor, author, speaker, and life and business coach told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News, “One in eight people are victimized online with some sort of cyber-harassment, cyber-bullying, revenge porn, imagine abuse and human-trafficking.”

Chisolm shared with listeners why she was chosen to be the keynote speaker at the conference.

“Unfortunately, I have been a victim of revenge porn.  An ex-boyfriend who I was living with in Jamaica had been taking photos and videos of me while I was naked and sleeping.”

“After the relationship ended he began threatening me with these photos and videos saying he would release them online and eventually he put up a website and did just that.”

Chisolm said that when this first happened to her she didn’t even know what to call it.

“We know that the media has dubbed this revenge porn, but some others refer to it as non-consensual pornography or image abuse.”

Chisolm added that this form or abuse is so prevalent, but what’s worse is that there isn’t much that can be done about it. 

“You can certainly fight to get the images down, but the damage is already done.”

Chisolm also talked about the unfortunate growth of human-trafficking.

“Here is Pittsburgh there are a number of people who have been working actively to try and recover victims who have been trafficked and brought here against their will.”

“We see this happening more and more here and it’s something that can’t have a blind-eye turned to it.”

Chisolm adds, “It is almost inappropriate to believe that it can’t happen to you or to someone that you love.”

For more information on Darieth Chisolm please visit https://www.50shadesofsilence.com/. 

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