Victim recovers image in Netflix docuseries

This is how Danielle Green went from victim to victor.

The 35-year-old Star City native and mother of two is featured in “Most Hated Man on the Internet,” a three-part Netflix docuseries about Hunter Moore, the California man who started a website called isanyoneup.com in 2010. and the crusade to bring down the siege and put Moore on trial.

The site featured sexually explicit photos, mostly of women, along with personal information such as their names, addresses and where they worked. Many of the images were posted without the consent of the subject, and the site allowed people to leave vile and hateful comments about the photos.

The intimate images that Green sent to her ex-husband ended up on the site. Her ex, whom she met when she lived in Los Angeles, had been friends with Moore and claimed that her phone had been hacked. Green was horrified.

“I thought, I can never live with the shame of this,” he says in a phone interview earlier this month. “I have shamed my family. I will walk with this heinous scarlet letter on me for the rest of my life.”

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“The Most Hated Man on the Internet,” which premiered July 27, tells the story of Charlotte Laws, a California woman who confronted Moore after hacked images of her daughter Kayla were released. Laws was part of a three-pronged attack on Moore and the site that also included the FBI and former Marine James McGibney, an anti-bullying advocate who actually advertised on isanyoneup.com to gain Moore’s trust.

The series is riveting and at times extremely difficult to watch, as footage of Moore and his fans, some of whom creepily called him “father,” are shown alongside comments from the website and social media. Moore’s smugness, misogyny, and disturbing lack of empathy are on full display. This is, after all, a guy who referred to himself as a “professional life wrecker.”

Charlotte Laws contacted Green to participate in the series. It had been about 10 years since the photos of her were published, and she was wary of revisiting that time.

“I was thrown onto this website and bullied and made fun of,” she says. “That created this complex in my mind and made me very self-conscious about my appearance. No matter how much therapy I’ve been through, I’ll always struggle with it. As much as I try to assert myself and feel like I don’t have to look perfect, that people don’t Go ridicule or mock, I still have that trauma.”

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Despite his doubts, he decided to participate in the series and appears in the second and third chapters. It was an exhausting process, but it was worth it in the end, she says.

“It’s still exhausting to talk about it, but it was a healing journey for me,” she says. “I gained even more strength and purpose. Seeing him gave me a lot of anxiety, but I was so relieved when I saw myself… I felt so proud.”

Green, who is engaged to be married, owns a photography business called LAYERS and works as a trainer for companies and brands, as well as in art direction and design (full disclosure: She has done styling and other work for Sync and Arkansas Life, which were published by the Democrat-Gazette). She has been fascinated with fashion and haute couture for most of her life, and she won a competition in kindergarten for designing a wedding dress. She has also worked as a makeup artist and twice traveled to New York Fashion Week as the lead makeup artist for Little Rock designer Korto Momolu.

Since participating in the documentary, she has started a fashion line, Victor by Danielle Green, daniellegreen.co, whose logo turns the word Victim into Victor. She is donating 10% of profits to groups that support victims of online abuse and legislation against non-consensual intimate image sharing or image-based sexual assault, phrases she prefers to “revenge porn.”

That term, he says, “is really disturbing and triggering. Revenge implies that the victims must have done something to deserve it and we are guilty and deserve punishment. Pornography implies that we create adult entertainment materials for public use. away from the truth.”

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The theme of shame comes up often in docuseries. The website became famous because it was a place to shame people, often at their most vulnerable. That embarrassment was compounded by frustration when calls to have the images removed from the site were met with indifference, not only from Moore but also from the authorities.

In one episode, Charlotte Laws says she tried to report to the police that photos of her daughter had been stolen from her phone and posted online without consent. She was told that her daughter, who never sent the photos to anyone, shouldn’t have taken them in the first place.

It’s a response that unfairly blames the victim, says Green.

“That’s a form of victim shaming. I also think it’s a form of abuse. When people say you deserved it and should have known better, that’s another form of shame.”

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McGibney says that after the docuseries were released, he saw more of this from some viewers.

“A lot of people were blaming the victims and saying it was their fault and they shouldn’t have taken those photos, which I don’t agree with,” he says.

Green and McGibney have become friends since they participated in the documentary.

“I was so emotionally moved by his mindset, his presence,” she says. “It’s amazing. I was also very inspired by Charlotte and her determination to take [Moore] to the courts. I am super grateful to them.”

McGibney, who lives in Austin, Texas, is the founder of several websites, including bullyville.com, an anti-bullying site. Moore approached him about the advertising on isanyoneup.com in late 2011 or early 2012, but when McGibney, the ex-Marine and cybersecurity expert with a criminal justice degree from Boston University, realized what the site was about, he decided to work to bring it down.

“When I saw the amount of traffic I was getting to the site, it was amazing… I was getting over a million unique visitors a day,” says McGibney. “You look at some of the comments and you get a real idea of ​​who Hunter was. I remember reading one where a girl was thinking about killing herself because she couldn’t record footage of herself.”

According to the documentary, 48 states have laws against image-based sexual assault, but there is no federal law. In Arkansas, Law 304, passed by the Legislature in 2015, makes it a Class A misdemeanor, the most serious type of misdemeanor with penalties of up to one year in jail and fines of up to $2,500, the unlawful distribution of images or sexual recordings.

McGibney says he’s proud of Green, who has been featured in Rolling Stone and other media.

“It’s taking power away from Hunter and showing other women who have been victims that this is how you handle it.”

Green wants to use Danielle’s Victor as a vehicle to advocate for victims of online bullying and promote mental health care.

“I want to normalize the conversation about mental health,” she says. “I want to promote therapy: therapy saved my life and my relationships. And I want to inspire victims, give them hope and make them understand that they can get through this, that they can be in a position of power and be the change in the world.” what do we need”.

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