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Olympia Valance's mother publicly defends her daughter after revenge porn attack

Olympia Valance's mother has publicly defended her daughter after she came forward as a victim of a revenge porn attack. The Daily Telegraph report

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Olympia Valance’s mother has publicly defended her daughter after she came forward as a victim of a revenge porn attack. 

The Daily Telegraph reports that Tania Gogos-Wilson declared on social media that her daughter is a ‘strong Greek goddess warrior’ and that she’s ‘proud’ of her for speaking about the cyber crime ordeal. 

It comes after former Neighbours star Olympia, 27, revealed on Thursday that her phone was hacked more than a year ago, and her private photos were then stolen and published online without her consent.

'So incredibly proud of my daughter': Olympia Valance's mother Tania Gogos-Wilson (left) broke her silence this week and publicly defended her daughter after the actress was left 'traumatised' over a revenge porn attack

‘So incredibly proud of my daughter’: Olympia Valance’s mother Tania Gogos-Wilson (left) broke her silence this week and publicly defended her daughter after the actress was left ‘traumatised’ over a revenge porn attack

Olympia broke her silence on the revenge porn ordeal, and said she wanted to ‘take some control back’ by going public.  

A ‘revenge porn’ attack is when a person’s intimate photos or videos are shared without their consent, usually on the Internet. In Australia, the act is a punishable criminal offence.

‘I am so incredibly proud of my strong Greek goddess warrior daughter,’ Ms Gogos-Wilson said. 

Speaking out: 'I am so incredibly proud of my strong Greek goddess warrior daughter,' Ms Gogos-Wilson said. She added that she sends her 'love and strength' to other victims

Speaking out: ‘I am so incredibly proud of my strong Greek goddess warrior daughter,’ Ms Gogos-Wilson said. She added that she sends her ‘love and strength’ to other victims

‘This is a shocking crime that has led to many suicides and serious mental health damage.’ 

She finished: ‘I send my love and strength out to every one of those victims.’ 

When going public on Instagram on Thursday, Olympia, who is the half-sister of Holly Candy, said she is fighting the matter.

‘As a victim of this, I have had to fight to try and contain these images from reaching the broader public,’ Olympia said.

Olympia, who is dating AFL star Thomas Bellchambers, added that she was working closely with lawyers, her management team, the police and cyber crime experts.  

Victim: It comes after former Neighbours star Olympia, 27, revealed on Thursday that her phone was hacked more than a year ago, and her private photos were then stolen and published online without her consent

Victim: It comes after former Neighbours star Olympia, 27, revealed on Thursday that her phone was hacked more than a year ago, and her private photos were then stolen and published online without her consent

Empowering others: After months of working to stop distribution of the images, she decided to go public in order to empower other women who are victims of image-based abuse

Empowering others: After months of working to stop distribution of the images, she decided to go public in order to empower other women who are victims of image-based abuse

After months of working to stop distribution of the images, she decided to go public in order to empower other women who are victims of image-based abuse.

Olympia, who has appeared in Channel 10 shows Neighbours and Playing for Keeps, said the victim blaming surrounding cyber crime attacks must stop.

‘Taking intimate photos for yourself, or to share with a partner, is not a shameful thing to do. Stealing them and sharing them online without consent is,’ she said.

‘We should be allowed to embrace our sexuality without fear that someone will take those images and manipulate them for their own gain.

‘I am not ashamed. I am not embarrassed. I will not apologise. I have done nothing wrong.’ 

Standing strong: 'I am not ashamed. I am not embarrassed. I will not apologise. I have done nothing wrong,' she said

Standing strong: ‘I am not ashamed. I am not embarrassed. I will not apologise. I have done nothing wrong,’ she said

Olympia said her experience over the past year had been traumatising and brought her to ‘the depths of sadness’.

‘I am a public figure, but I am also a human being. I hurt and I certainly feel pain. Like many other women who are also victims of this heartless and intrusive crime, I have to come to terms with these pictures being circulated beyond my control,’ she said.

In 2018, the Australian Parliament passed legislation aimed at protecting citizens against the non-consensual distribution of intimate images and videos online, known as ‘revenge porn’, by mandating civil and criminal penalties.

The act is now punishable by criminal penalties of up to seven years in prison and civil penalties of up to $525,000 for corporations and $105,000 for individuals.

An investigation by RMIT and Monash University in 2017 discovered that one in five Australians has been a victim of revenge porn.

Tough times: Olympia said her experience over the past year had been traumatising and brought her to 'the depths of sadness.' She also thanked those who have supported her, including AFL star boyfriend Thomas Bellchambers

Tough times: Olympia said her experience over the past year had been traumatising and brought her to ‘the depths of sadness.’ She also thanked those who have supported her, including AFL star boyfriend Thomas Bellchambers

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