Twin Sister Slammed for Lying About Revenge Porn: ‘Said It Was Me’

A woman has slammed her twin sister online after she lied to her family about being in a revenge porn video, saying it was the other sibling.

The 20-year-old Reddit user u/tomc_5468545 explained that she and her sister are almost identical, and when her sister became a victim of a revenge porn video, their relationship quickly became strained.

In the post that can be seen here, the Redditor wrote: “Someone did revenge porn on my sister and sent a video to our dad, elder brother, and us,” she explained. “You can tell it’s one of us but it’s not close or HD enough to tell which.”

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A file photo of a sister asking for forgiveness and her sibling ignoring her. The internet has slammed a woman for telling her parents that their twin sister was in a revenge porn video.
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The next day, the family sat down to talk and the Reddit poster explained how she let her sister take the lead as she knew she was not in the video. But what happened next left her shocked.

“She tells them it’s me,” she raged. “She f****** said it was me.”

Amy Chan, a relationship expert and founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, which helps people suffering from heartbreak move forward, told Newsweek: “Revenge porn can have a devastating impact on someone. It’s a huge betrayal of trust of the most intimate and vulnerable parts of ourselves. We share these intimate parts of ourselves to a person we trust, and that’s sacred and private. To have our sexuality, body, and fantasies then weaponized against us can be traumatizing.”

“Being the victim of revenge porn can cause emotional and psychological damage such as anxiety, panic, shame, and grief,” explained Chan. “It can also cause dangerous consequences such as harassment and stalking. It can lead to job loss, a hard time securing future employment, not to mention a decrease of future romantic prospects due to them making assumptions or judgments.”

Some 48 states and the District of Columbia currently have anti-revenge porn laws that offer differing levels of legal protection to victims.

At the federal level, there is no criminal offense specifically aimed at the distribution of nonconsensual pornography. However, in March, Congress authorized a federal civil claim relating to the disclosure of intimate images. The measure, which took effect in October, is the first federal law targeting revenge porn.

In 2019, then-Senator Kamala Harris introduced the SHIELD (Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation and Limiting Distribution) Act, which, if passed, would make sharing intimate images without the subject’s consent a federal offense.

Earlier this year, former Representative for California’s 25th district Katie Hill filed for bankruptcy after losing a high-profile lawsuit in 2021 after British tabloid The Daily Mail published intimate pictures of Hill.

Pitting California’s revenge porn laws against the First Amendment, the case led to a ruling that sharing the images was acceptable on public interest grounds.

On Twitter on July 12, Hill wrote: “Victims of cyber exploitation are being let down by our legal system, and I have gotten an unfortunately personal look at the damage that can do.”

Sharing on Reddit, the poster could not understand why her sister chose to tell the lie: “Our parents didn’t care like, at all, they’re more concerned about the way we (she? me? I don’t know, she, since the video it’s hers) felt and how “I” (she) wanted to proceed. I was stunned. I said it wasn’t me, but my parents didn’t believe me,” she explained. “They kept saying it was okay, that I was already an adult, that ”things happen” and they won’t shame me.”

“I don’t know what was worse,” she said. “My sister lying—with no reason—or my parents not believing me.”

Chan said the sister may have panicked in the heat of the moment “and reacted in an unethical way by lying about the situation.” “What she did is inexcusable but hopefully after time to process, she’ll come to her senses and not just apologize, but make an effort to repair,” she said.

After sharing her frustration and upset on Reddit’s r/TrueOffMyChest forum on November 21, the poster received over 8,000 upvotes and more than 540 comments slamming the twin’s actions.

The top comment from itsachickensalad_ received 5.9k upvotes alone and said: “Your sister is kind of a b****. No offense.”

“She needs to fix this by admitting she is in the video,” said another Redditor.

Another commenter said: “You need to ghost your sister and then make a complaint with the police for revenge porn.”

“Set up a hidden camera,” suggested another reply. “Record yourself asking her why she lied.”

Newsweek has reached out to u/tomc_5468545 for comment. We were unable to verify the details of this case.

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