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Va. nursing student fights back after ‘revenge porn’ video hits internet

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – There is a sexually explicit video of Virginia nursing student Nicole Coon online and she is not ashamed to tell people about it.

Coon, 25, said the video she sent to an old boyfriend appeared online around Thanksgiving.

“It blows my mind,” she said about websites that post sexually explicit photos and videos of people against their will — revenge porn.

Revenge porn pictures and videos are usually submitted to websites by ex-boyfriends and girlfriends who obtained them over the course of their relationship.

“I was hysterical, I was upset. The first thing I was thinking is what about my reputation,” she recalled after finding out about the video.

To add insult to injury, she said the Netherlands-based website demanded $500 to remove the video. When she went to police, she said they told her the website’s action was doing was legal — and out of their jurisdiction.

Nicole Coon and Del. Marcus Simon

Nicole Coon and Del. Marcus Simon

Nicole decided to come forward with her story in an effort to help change that.

She spoke Tuesday alongside newly elected Virginia Del. Marcus Simon (D – Fairfax County) about a bill aimed out outlawing revenge porn in Virginia.

House Bill 49 would make it against the law to disseminate sexually explicit pictures of someone without their permission and with the intent to cause them substantial emotional distress, Del. Simon explained.

The bill would go after the ex-boyfriend or girlfriend who shares the photo or video, not the website that publishes them.

“Hopefully [this bill] deters this behavior,” Del. Simon said. “I don’t know how angry you are with your ex, but is it worth risking up to a year in prison to post that picture.”

Opponents of the bill argue it could infringe on First Amendment free speech rights.

The photo would not necessarily have to be published online for the ex to get in trouble. Photos and videos shared via email or text apply too.

“Sometimes it is a lot of phone to phone to phone viral sharing that does on. That can have that same damage and  also be covered under my legislation,” Del. Simon said.

Coon said she regretted making the video once she found out it had been posted online for the world to see, but now she’s over that feeling of regret.

“I’m here and I’m helping get the word out. As of right now, there is no regret. I have none,” she said.

Watch Joe St. George’s report on the CBS 6 News at 6.

20 comments

  • Keith Mahone

    Three things that stink to high heaven about this non-victim: (1) She manufactured pornography. (2) She trafficked in pornography. (“Sent” it to an old boyfriend? Really? Why?) And (3), she consumed pornography on the internet and, thus, found her own home-made smut there. Surprise!

    I’ve got more important things to worry about than some slutty girl who is foisted on her own petard. Here’s a clue: Don’t make porn! Don’t traffic in porn! Don’t consume porn! There are many innocent victims of this kind of thing out there (like women whose physical intimacy is documented against their will and/or without their knowledge or consent). This girl isn’t one of them. You are the poster child for harlotry and filth, Nicole, not victimhood. You are someone’s daughter and might soon be someone’s mother. Think of the other people YOU might hurt by letting this sort of thing surface when it never should have existed in the first place. No one forced you to make this stuff or send it to someone. Ultimately you have no one but yourself to blame. You don’t need the police or state intervention of any kind. You need a good pastor and a good church to help clean the filth out of your heart and mind and replace it with Godly virtue.

    • Mary

      Keith,
      You are a fine example of what I assume is a 21st century Christian. It must be so nice to be above reproach. Remember that guy in the new testament who said he without sin cast the first stone. Also how about having some empathy for a girl who made a mistake. Where is the outrage at the low, down dirty man who posted it without her knowledge? GOD has got be shaking his head at us all.

      • nateog

        exactly mary… this you get exactly what you deserve type attitude only means everyone is guilty of something. i’m glad i’m not going to be judged so harshly.

  • Jennifer Faris

    Ok, so I watched the video (at least the 30 seconds that was shown.) Who would have known that was her? It was so dark… now she has a video out in the open.

  • .zodo

    The women are stupid in the 1st place for making the video.If you are going to be ashamed don’t do it.how can you claim to be a smart intelligent person then act surprised when this happens?

  • Sandybritches@yahoo.com

    She may allready have a Pastor, maybe since childhood. So then i’d have to wonder if that is where she learned this. So this is something
    that turned her on, big deal, at least she did’nt come out of the church a child molester, like so many others. If i was her now, and since the damage is allready done, she should become a porn star or dancer.
    And if someone throws Stones at her, she should bully them back.
    hoot hoot.

    • Jennifer Faris

      She’s young. You do stupid stuff when you are young. I’m glad this wasn’t around when I was that age. I don’t think the video was even that bad– it’s dark and all she is doing is licking her chest. Hardly “porn.” Who knows– she was probably in love with the guy and trusted him. If anything, her stupidity was falling in love with a guy that would turn around and do this to her. She clearly made a bad choice in dating the guy.

      Still, I feel like her parents or a lawyer should have advised her on going public, doing this interview, and being the poster child for “revenge porn.” I think if she was worried about how this might effect her future, she didn’t do herself any favors by announcing it.

  • Stacey M

    I personally know this woman from work and she is not any of the negative things anyone seems to be calling her. She is a sweet, intelligent, caring, responsible young woman who made a mistake. She is not ashamed of what she did. It was something that was shared between two people in a relationship, not meant for the world to see. Its easy to post comments about things you know nothing about but how would you feel if this were your daughter/sister/friend/etc? Everyone makes mistakes. I don’t understand how its so easy for everyone to blame this young woman yet there is no outrage or negativity for the rotten man who took something that was done privately in a then loving relationship and share it with the world. People in glass houses…

  • John

    I could find myself supporting a bill of this nature, if it wasn’t for people like her. She is most certainly not a victim. She already has a negative reputation that proceeds her, and I almost feel bad for Delegate Marcus Simon for associating himself with such a person.

    What would compel you to create such a video of yourself and send it to anyone, especially someone you’re not even in a relationship with anymore. And she must have sent it to her ex-boyfriend while cheating on her current partner, because she’s currently engaged and pregnant! I mean, come on… can’t we fine her and give her some jail time. This girl may be sweet and caring, but seems doubtful that she’s at all intelligent or responsible.

    And as someone else has already said, if you’re worried about your reputation… why would you decide to draw all of this publicity to yourself. If you’re trying to help any of the true victims out there, you’re not. You’re only showing off your trashiness, and making a joke out of this proposed bill.

    • JustWondering

      I’m genuinely curious, what do you mean “if it wasn’t for people like her”? You do realize that by supporting this bill, ever, you would be supporting it FOR people like her?

    • JustWondering

      Also, the way that I understood it was that she sent him the video when they were still together, and, since they broke up, he is now an ex… not that she sent it to him after breaking up.

    • Stacey M

      Dearest “John”
      You should probably get your facts straight before you go spouting off online about something you know nothing about. First and foremost this video was sent to the ex-boyfriend while they were still dating. He only decided to post if after they broke up. Who in their right mind would send explicit material to an ex. Secondly…she is not cheating, engaged, or pregnant not that its the business of anyone out there. Glad to know you know her personally but are too chicken to actually say who you are. Get your facts straight or just be quiet.

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