On 3 March, after a long and highly publicised case, the reality TV personality Stephen Bear was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sharing private sexual videos online without the consent of his ex-partner, influencer Georgia Harrison.

Revenge Porn: Georgia vs Bear followed Ms Harrison’s journey to trial, and sought to lift stigma and give hope to other victims: only 6 per cent of revenge porn crimes resulted in a suspect being charged or even summoned to court between 2015 and 2021.

Due to the public nature of the case and the quick turnaround of the documentary, Georgia vs Bear wasn’t driving towards a big narrative reveal. Instead, the film took the opportunity to tell a slower, more human version of a story that has been making tabloid headlines and unfolding on social media since it broke in 2020.

This is a MultiStory Media production for ITV2 REVENGE PORN: GEORGIA vs BEAR Monday 2oth March 2023 on ITV2 Pictured: Social media picture of Georgia Harrison and Stephen Bear After Stephen Bear was given a 21-month jail sentence for distributing 'revenge porn', this brand new documentary for ITV2 features exclusive access to his victim, reality star Georgia Harrison, reflecting on her crusade for justice. Featuring video blogs and testimony from Georgia, the film provides a vivid insight into the impact the case has on her and includes contributions from her mum Nicola, fellow Love Island contestants, along with insight from a legal expert. The programme features Georgia's reaction after it becomes clear that Bear - despite denying she is in the video - has spread footage of them having sex in his garden taken from his CCTV cameras worldwide via his OnlyFans site, on which he makes money. As the case unfolds, Georgia talks about the situation with another victim of revenge porn, and the programme explores why some argue her case - in which Bear was sentenced to 21 months in prison - was a win for women. (C) MultiStory Media For further information please contact Peter Gray Mob 07831460662 / peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is (C) *** and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned herein. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
‘I really thought I loved him,’ says Ms Harrison of Bear (Photo: MultiStory Media/ITV)

While Ms Harrison was striving to shake off her influencer identity and be taken seriously, Bear seemed increasingly intent on making a spectacle of every moment. The doc cut between footage of Ms Harrison and her mum, Nicola, preparing for trial, and Bear’s outlandish social media activity (he asked his Twitter followers to vote on what colour suit he should wear to court. Pink won. Other costumes included fur coats and cobra-headed canes.)

When they met, both had been forging careers in the public eye. Following her appearances on TOWIE and Love Island, Ms Harrison and Bear (Celebrity Big Brother, Shipwrecked, Ex on the Beach) first got together on 2018 game show The Challenge. “I really was swept away by him. He was so charming,” Ms Harrison said of their whirlwind romance. “I really thought I loved him.”

But what initially seemed like stupid bragging on Bear’s part – sending a video of them having sex to a friend without thinking of the consequences – began to look increasingly Machiavellian.

As the trial came to a head, it was hard to avoid the assumption that Bear had planned the whole thing as a publicity stunt. Certainly, the video was something he profited from by selling it on OnlyFans. “Mr Bear suggested that someone had hacked his account, which rather begged the question, why would a hacker do that in order to financially benefit Mr Bear?” said Ms Harrison’s lawyer.

When it comes to revenge porn, a huge part of the pain inflicted is down to its public nature – not only has the victim been violated, but everyone they know might have witnessed it. In Ms Harrison’s words: “It just makes you feel like you’re so not important… so damaged”.

The humiliation of the crime was exacerbated by Ms Harrison’s public profile: she didn’t have the anonymity of many other victims. But she refused to be cowed, determined that her experience could empower others: “Hopefully one day, girls can look at me and think, she went in there, she’s done it, she was strong, we can do it.”

With two celebrities at its centre, Georgia vs Bear was never going to be representative of the average revenge porn experience. But it’s that same fame that will allow the story to reach millions of people and increased awareness is invaluable. “The average prison sentence for revenge porn is six months,” said Ms Harrison. “But the vast majority of men who do this get away with a fine or a suspended sentence.”

Charismatic and single-minded, Ms Harrison was a worthy spokeswoman for those who find themselves in her horrifying position: that the justice she received is rare, only added fuel to her fire.

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