When Georgia Harrison, a former cast member of Love Island and The Only Way Is Essex, discovered that a private video was being posted online in 2020, her entire world fell apart. Her ex remains in prison three years later, but she isn’t giving up on pursuing justice for other people.
Seven months have passed since her ex-boyfriend was imprisoned for disclosing secretly recorded CCTV evidence of them having sex, and she now admits, “I feel like the fog has lifted… I’m falling in love with the magic of life again.” We’ll discuss the case in detail.
Who is Georgia Harrison?
On December 12, 1994, in the London Borough of Redbridge, Georgia Louise Harrison was born. She had undiagnosed ADHD as a child and a teenager, getting expelled from school as a result. She was a personal assistant before making an appearance on reality TV.
She first appeared on the third season of Love Island in 2017 after joining the cast of the ITVBe reality series The Only Way Is Essex in 2014.
Since then, she has made appearances on a number of other television programs, such as The Challenge: War of the Worlds and The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (2019), Celebrity Ex on the Beach (2020), and leading the documentary Revenge Porn: Georgia vs. Bear (2023).
What happened to Georgia Harrison?
Georgia Harrison and her ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear had a sexual encounter in his yard in August 2020. Bear used his home security system to covertly record the interaction, which he later posted online. Harrison received a flurry of threats and insults when the video went viral.
After Harrison called the police, Bear was taken into custody and charged with two counts of voyeurism and revealing private sexual images and videos with the intention of upsetting others. Bear was found guilty on all counts in March 2023 and given a 21-month prison sentence.
Harrison has become an outspoken supporter of the victims of this crime after speaking candidly about her experience with revenge porn. She has also started a campaign to support victims and increase awareness about revenge porn.
Harrison is suing Bear for lost wages, alleging that her career and reputation have been harmed by the revenge porn incident. In addition, she is requesting compensation for the emotional suffering she endured.
What is different about this case?
Harrison’s case is historic for the UK since it marks the first instance of a revenge porn star receiving a sentence of more than a year in prison.
Harrison’s bravery and tenacity have contributed to spreading the word about this grave crime and that revenge pornography is unacceptable.
Where is Harrison now?
Georgia Harrison is collaborating with the government to strengthen UK legislation on revenge porn. She has advocated for a mandatory minimum punishment for those who commit this crime as well as for a stronger emphasis on victim support.
She also speaks out about her personal experience and encourages others to come forward as a strong supporter of revenge porn victims.
She has started a campaign to support victims and increase awareness about revenge porn. The initiative offers victims a website and social media pages where they can look for support and assistance.
Harrison serves as an example for other revenge porn victims. She has demonstrated that speaking up and taking action against this crime are both achievable. She is an inspiration to all survivors, and her efforts are making a difference for revenge porn victims everywhere.
Changes to the law
In response to Harrison’s and other campaigners’ efforts, the government declared in June that it would be simpler to imprison people who distribute revenge porn.
Although the act was made illegal in 2015, the proposed changes will do away with the need for prosecutors to show that offenders meant to cause distress in order to convict.