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Former WPXI anchor Darieth Chisolm wins revenge porn case in Jamaican court

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Two years after her revenge porn nightmare began, former WPXI anchor Darieth Chisolm won the case against her ex-boyfriend, Donovan Powell, in a Jamaican court ruling on Wed., July 22. Powell plead guilty to three counts of malicious communication, which falls under Jamaica's Cybercrimes Act, according to Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner.

After a 20-year career at WPXI, Chisolm left in 2013 to spend more time with her son. In 2017, she was living with Powell in Jamaica, and when she broke up with him, he sent her threatening messages and created a website where he posted nude photos and videos he took of her without her knowledge, as Pittsburgh City Paper previously reported. She described it then as "one of the most embarrassing and extremely painful experiences anyone can ever experience."

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Yes! Yes.... finally victory in my case!!! I’ve fought for over two years to win my international case of revenge porn and cyber harassment and now, with the help of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents, The Jamaican Constabulary Force and The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution in Jamaica, it’s over. I stepped out of the court room in Jamaica today with a sense of relief, extreme gratitude, excitement for what’s next with my advocacy for victims and my documentary on these crimes 50 Shades of Silence and somewhat saddened by this all. I learned that mine was the first case of its kind setting history and precedence in Jamaica for an American citizen to bring charges under their Malicious Communications Act and Cyber Crimes. Now if we can only get International authorities worldwide to pay attention to this growing epidemic and give voice and dignity to so many other victims. Thank you to Chuck, Tre, my team, my family and friends and supporters and to God and all the angels who’ve assisted me! #forsuchatimeasthis #staystrong #endrevengeporn #endcyberharassment #useyourvoice #50shadesofsilence#staystrong #endrevengeporn #endcyberharassment #useyourvoice #50shadesofsilence http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20190722/jamaican-man-guilty-revenge-porn-targeting-former-american-tv-anchor.

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"I’ve fought for over two years to win my international case of revenge porn and cyber harassment and now, with the help of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents, The Jamaican Constabulary Force and The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution in Jamaica, it’s over," wrote Chisolm in an Instagram post about the verdict.


Revenge porn, the term for the distribution of explicit photos without the subject's consent, is a notably difficult crime to prosecute, as legislation has been slow to catch up with the rapidly changing nature of technology. After experiencing the effects firsthand, Chisolm founded the organization 50 Shades of Silence to advocate and educate on behalf of other revenge porn victims.

"Now if we can only get International authorities worldwide to pay attention to this growing epidemic and give voice and dignity to so many other victims," Chisolm wrote in her post. 

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