Blac Chyna Just Became A Victim Of Revenge Porn Yet Again And People Are Cruelly Victim Blaming Her For It

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In 2014, outrage streamed from nearly every mainstream media outlet when high-profile celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst had their nude photos leaked for the world to see. News outlets, the Internet and even the FBI roared for justice on behalf of the entertainment darlings, their privacy and their bodies — but the same couldn’t be said for the women of color violated by the leaks.

Celebrities like Gabrielle Union and Rihanna were also victims of the hack, but they were given far less sympathy and attention than their white female counterparts. Four years later, a recent attack against reality star Blac Chyna is a reminder that little has changed.

On Monday, the part-Dominicana became the target of revenge porn when a sex tape she was featured in was leaked for the world to see.

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Just eight months after the star, born Angela Renée White, was publically violated by Rob Kardashian when he leaked explicit photos of her to Instagram, the mother-of-two has become a victim of revenge porn once again. According to TMZ, a sex tape involving both Chyna and her ex-boyfriend Mechie was leaked on Monday. A representative for Mechie confirmed to the entertainment news outlet that the leaked video was of himself and Chyna but had not been released by him.

In a statement made by her lawyer, Chyna announced her intentions to fight back by filing a police report.

Still, the response to the abuse has been nothing short of misogynistic and racist.

Comments on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook reveal a multitude of jokes at Chyna’s expense, including remarks that chalk the leaks up to her previous work as a stripper. Not only has the social media conversation surrounding the incident dabbled in racism, anti-fat bias and sex work-shaming, it has brought a heavy dose of victim blaming to the table as well.

The reactions further prove that we have a major “perfect victim” profile problem on our hands.

The latest attack against Chyna is proof that even in the age of #MeToo, women who aren’t considered to be “perfect victims” will stumble to receive support. Blac Chyna, a Black woman of Dominican descent who is also a former sex worker, is the victim of revenge porn, and yet the violation of her privacy is fodder for laughs and sexist “lessons” from slut-shamers.

As a society, we have long propped up the notion that women who exhibit their bodies automatically signed away their right to give consent. Studies have shown that women of color, particularly Black women, tend to be met with criticism and a lack of empathy when their bodies are violated. In instances where these women have voluntarily embraced or displayed their sexuality in some form or another, they are doubly cheated out of the respect, compassion and empathy they deserve.

Blac Chyna’s leaked tape is a reminder that we have to start standing up for all women.

There are many reasons why survivors of assault keep silent and avoid seeking help after facing an incident of abuse. Chastising and blaming women for their appearances, work and actions is a massive part of that. By allowing others to do this to Blac Chyna we only reinforce notions that women, especially those of color, who are assaulted or attacked somehow deserved it.

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