Ex-Coronation Street star Melissa Johns has given a powerful statement after private images of her were published without her consent.
"A week ago I found out that I have had private photos leaked online by a hacker. Private, intimate and jokey photos between myself and my partner," she said.
"The papers are saying that I'm 'devastated'. That this is 'hell'. That's not my take on it at all.
"I dedicate almost everything I do to fighting for female empowerment and the empowerment of people with disabilities. I'm not about to go back on my principles now."
"With that said, I wanted to share my statement:
"I've always felt that I have been given this body for a reason. Because someone, somewhere, knew that I had the strength to deal with it.
"Ever since school, when I have been bullied or inappropriate comments have been made about my arm, I have learned to deal with things in a calm and positive way.
"This was an intimate exchange that took place privately between myself and my boyfriend and it is completely unacceptable when people have their privacy disrespected in this way.
"However, as a vocal champion of women being totally at one with their bodies and not being ashamed of them, I am not about to turn around now and go back on my own principals.
"I am proud of my body. It is beautiful. And I am entitled to enjoy it and to have a personal and a romantic life just as all women - of all different body shapes and sizes, are entitled to do.
"Women get these types of photos leaked all the time, but what is more unusual is to see a woman with a disability depicted in this way.
"If any good has come out of this, it is to show that women with all different types of body shapes and sizes send photos, have sex lives, engage in intimate exchanges in the same way as everybody else.
"My body is unique, beautiful, and representative of what is still a very under-represented demographic of people in our society today.
"So if this goes some way to dismantling discrimination, and showing that disabled bodies can be beautiful and even sexual, then that is a positive thing.
"It will take a lot more than a few leaked photos to to stop me fighting for equality and the mainstream representation of women of all different shapes and sizes."
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