The mother of a woman who took her own life after her sex tape was leaked online says that the video was posted online as part of a “premeditated, criminal plan” to humiliate her daughter.
Tiziana Cantone, 31, of Naples, Italy, committed suicide in September 2016, according to the Daily Mail. She took her own life a year after videos of her performing sex acts were leaked online without her permission.
The videos of Cantone were posted online after she had sent them to five people, including her then-boyfriend, on WhatsApp.
After the videos were uploaded and subsequently went viral, Cantone was mocked in a meme. People made fun of what she said in a clip – “Are you making a video? Bravo.”
According to the BBC, the meme took off and Cantone’s image was put onto t-shirts and parody websites.
Now, Cantone’s mother, Maria Teresa Giglio, says that she believes the videos were shared for a reason.
“It’s as if this was a premeditated, criminal plan,” Giglio told BBC. “They just wanted to show the face of this poor girl, with the intention of exposing her on the internet.”
Cantone’s mother is trying to determine what her then-boyfriend’s role in sharing the video was.
“He didn’t help me to save her life. But maybe he can help me get to the truth,” she said. “I’m desperate.”
After the videos went viral, Cantone began to get recognized on the street by people who watched the leaked clips. She became depressed, quit her job, and changed her name. However, she continued to be abused online.
Cantone took the case to court in order to have explicit images of her removed from Facebook. The fight against Facebook was successful, but the case against five porn sites was not. She was forced to pay more than $20,000 to the porn sites after they successfully argued that the videos showed her consenting to sex, although Cantone’s argument was that the videos were uploaded without her consent.
“She understood at some point that the situation would never be resolved; that a potential husband, her potential children could find those videos; that they would never disappear,” her mother said.
Eventually, it became too much for Cantone and at 31-years-old, she took her own life.
Now, Giglio says her goal is to defend her daughter’s name and to prevent the same from happening to others.
“I hope that the name Tiziana Cantone, instead of standing for mockery, becomes a name that could save the lives of other women,” Giglio said. “I would like this to happen. To save other people.”
It is still unclear who originally shared the videos, and no charges have been filed.
Sources: Daily Mail, BBC / Photo Credit: BBC News via Daily Mail