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Candidate speaks out about losing election after being exposed for performing sex acts online

Niamh Shackleton

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Candidate speaks out about losing election after being exposed for performing sex acts online

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@susannasgibson

Susanna Gibson has spoken out following her recent Virginia House of Delegates election loss.

Gibson, a Virgina Democrat, was running against Republican David Owen and ultimately lost by less than 1,000 votes.

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The videos showed the 40-year-old interrupting sex acts to speak directly to the screen and encourage viewers to provide tips, which are paid through 'tokens' on the site.

At the time, Gibson accused her opponents of carrying out sex crimes in a bid to get one up on her in the election.

“My political opponents and their Republican allies have proven they’re willing to commit a sex crime to attack me and my family because there’s no line they won’t cross to silence women when they speak up,” she said.

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"They are trying to silence me because they want to silence you, and I won’t let that happen."

But Owen insisted that he only learned about the videos at the same time as everyone else.

Susanna Gibson lost the election by less than 1,000 votes. Credits: Instagram/@susannasgibson
Susanna Gibson lost the election by less than 1,000 votes. Credits: Instagram/@susannasgibson

Now, in the wake of her loss last month and the devastating leak, Gibson has spoken out again and detailed what it was like when she learned of her videos being shared online.

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"My entire life was rocked on Sept. 11, when the article ran," the nurse practitioner told Politico. "It ran, implying that I performed sex acts online with my husband for money.

"It was really written based on this Dropbox file that self-described Republican operatives shopped around."

She went on: "When you find out that there are sexually explicit videos of you online, especially by being contacted by national reporters - it is a feeling that I would not wish on my worst enemy."

Susanna pictured with her husband and kids. Credits: Instagram/@susannasgibson
Susanna pictured with her husband and kids. Credits: Instagram/@susannasgibson
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Elsewhere, Gibson said that 'content that is initially made in a consensual context, which is then distributed in a non-consensual context digitally, is a crime'.

In regards to the nature of the videos leaked, Gibson admitted that she doesn't see any issue in people making such content on the basis that it's legal, consensual and doesn't impact a person's ability to do their jobs.

It remains unclear if Gibson has pressed any charges in regards to the leak, but her lawyer, Daniel P. Watkins, previously said: "We are working closely with state and federal law enforcement."

He argued that the videos violates the state's revenge porn law to 'maliciously' spread nude or sexual images with the 'intent to coerce, harass, or intimidate'.

Topics: News, US News, Politics

Niamh Shackleton
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