Criminal Harassment of Social Influencers

Hello beautiful people,

I wanted to start by saying thank you for your support, kind words, and the inspirational stories you shared in response to my post, The Pitfalls of Being a Public Nudist. I also want to send a shout out to Nik & Lins from Naked Wanderings for the beautiful light they shine in the world and all that they do to normalize naturism! I was hoping to post a more positive blog before continuing this thread, but I had to get these words off my chest.

I am sad to report that “Jonathon Lakely”, the man who has been harassing me has not stopped his verbal attack. In fact, the intensity and aggressiveness of his assault and harassment has escalated. His words have become increasingly volatile and abusive. So far Jonathon has told me I deserved to be molested because of my “sexy ass”. He has referenced raping both myself and my daughter, who is a minor. In his emails this morning, he attacked every aspect of my body using some of the most vulgar language I’ve experienced thus far, and in addition he said the following:

TRIGGER WARNING!!

You have blocked soulsurvivorseven@gmail.com

New messages from this sender will be sent to Spam.

I need to warn my Twitter people that his original point of contact was through a Twitter link to my blog. Unfortunately I don’t know his Twitter username, so I cannot block him. After reading his emails this morning I contacted Darren from White Hatter. The White Hatter provides internet and social media safety, digital literacy, workplace violence prevention education and training to schools & businesses. I first learned about the vital work of white hatters when one of my daughter’s friends were being cyber bullied.

During our chat about criminal harassment and cyber bullying, Darren asked me some questions to gain a better understanding of the situation. I shared all of the email and online communication I’ve received and he walked me through the steps necessary to protect myself. You might be thinking to yourself, “Why don’t you just block him Joy?” Unfortunately, blocking someone on multiple platforms is not as easy as it may seem. In addition, if someone is truly persistent, once you block them, they simply create another account to continue harassing you.

After speaking with Darren from The White Hatter I took the following steps to protect myself and my children:

  1. Blocked “Jonathon Laekley’s” email through my email provider
  2. Unapproved his comments on my blog so he cannot make another public comment without my approval
  3. Set up Google alerts so that I will know if he continues to slander me on other sites
  4. Used the IP address attached to his comments on my WordPress.com dashboard to find his location
  5. Used Verified to track down his email account and related information (name, address, etc.)
  6. Given him a written warning via email that I will press harassment charges if he continues to harass me or my daughters
  7. Took screen shots of ALL communication so that I can easily share it with the police
  8. If he does not stop, I will be pressing criminal harassment charges in the county of his residence

In his email response to my threat (actually a promise not a threat) of pressing criminal harassment charges, Jonathon said:

“Arrested for what? Isn’t your dirty ass in Canada?”

With the rise of social influencer harassment, the criminal systems in both Canada and the US are becoming increasingly effective at successfully prosecuting the offenders. What Jonathon and other cyber bullies may not realize is that Canada and the US have reciprocal agreements. Also, a Canadian citizen can press charges in the US if necessary. In my case, I happen to be a dual citizen with residences in both the US and Canada so I am able to easily press criminal harassment charges in either country.

One such example of a successful criminal harassment case is Tammy Steffens, a fitness influencer, who has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal jail after being found guilty of cyberstalking and sending threats to colleagues over Instagram. Steffens created at least 369 Instagram accounts used to harass and threaten people, one of which she told she would “slice you up into little pieces.”

Even after reading articles related to the topic of online harassment and talking openly about this subject with a variety of people, I personally just don’t get it. What would motivate someone to verbally attack a total stranger? Why does this man feel the need to slut shame me? Why would he target me? Why does he feel “joy” from attacking me? How many other women has he targeted in this despicable manner?

During my discussion with Darren, the White Hatter, he said that I have to stop engaging.  So this will be my final post related to the harassment I’ve experienced from this particular individual. Generally I attempt to educate these men with the hopes that I can create a subtle shift in their thought process. I also hope to personalize myself and remind them that I am a daughter, sister, mother, and a deeply sensitive woman. In over a decade of blogging, I have experienced a LOT of harassment, but so far this has been the most extreme case.

I feel strong, empowered and fully capable of handling his threats, I am using my healing toolbox to re-write the words he attempted to slay my heart with. He has no power over me, but unfortunately the same is not true for so many others. One deeply sad example that comes to mind is the suicide of August Ames.

In December 2017, Ames was due to perform in a pornographic scene, but withdrew when she learned that the co-star was a man who had appeared in gay pornography and was not tested for sexually transmitted diseases. On 3 December 2017, Ames posted on Twitter:

“whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews, you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say🤷🏽‍♀️ Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body.”🤓✏️🔍—August Ames, Twitter

The tweet drew criticism and abuse from social media users. Jaxton Wheeler, a pansexual performer, demanded that Ames apologize or take a cyanide pill which he later regrettedAmes—who was bisexual—asserted that she loved the gay community and that she had a right to exercise her sexual autonomy.

On 5 December 2017, two days after her tweet, Ames was found dead in a park in Camarillo, California, at the age of 23. Her death was ruled a suicide due to asphyxia by hanging by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office. Close friends of this beautiful young woman stated that cyberbullying led her to end her life. 

I have never personally participated in pornography or sex work, but some people associate my online presence with sex work and/or pornography simply because I share my non-sexual nude photos publicly. I can also relate because I receive the same type of slut shaming and discriminatory verbal abuse many sex workers, porn stars and body positive activists receive. This week has been especially difficult. I have been receiving emails daily from the man who is currently cyber bullying me.

I am strong, but have to admit it’s exhausting. He is also the first man to attack my children. Over the years other men have made mildly suggestive comments or asked me personal questions about my children. Until now no one has been so grotesque as to say that they were going to sexually assault my kids. It has of course made me reflect on my path and ask myself if it’s truly worth it.

I think we all have a grasp on the gravity of this problem but what is the solution? Education. Prevention. Accountability. And we must continue supporting each other and inspiring each other. We must step out of the darkness and into the light. Know this. I will not let the bullies of the world shut me down. I am here. I am strong. My body. My F*cking choice! I will continue to be a mirror for the best and worst facets of humanity.

Please Remember: Never dim your light to make other people feel secure. It’s easy to think that hiding your passion and purpose will make the “haters” stop. It won’t. People will always find things to criticize and judge you for. I am saying this to myself as much as I’m saying it to you. It is not easy. The struggle is real. May we all find peace and learn to respect each other. If you are experiencing cyber bullying, I am here. Your voice matters. You matter. Please reach out. I am here for you.

From my heart to yours,

Joy

20 Comments Add yours

  1. wjbade says:

    Keep up the good work, Joy. Don’t let the slime buckets of the world get you down. I’m sure your positive readers are behind you 100%.

    1. Thank you for your kind words of support!

  2. I’m angry it’s that bad. Hopefully his cyber prowess is not good, ie not using a VPN.

    1. He’s in Las Vegas I figure that out using his IP address so luckily he’s quite far away from my location.

  3. some_wise says:

    Two responses, if I may.
    Sometimes the women in my life (my wife and my daughter,) just want to rant; the last thing they way is whatever I construe as help. If that works for you, then please understand you are being heard and appreciated.
    OTOH, if you’re up for suggestions, if you can block all paths so it’s quiet, that is best. He can stew, you can block, and block, and block, and if he leaves enough of a trail, report. More subversive – though it’s not really your style, I suspect – those engaged in doxing don’t like being doxed.

    1. I needed to be heard and I also wanted to make sure that anyone else experiencing something similar knows they’re not alone and also has an understanding of some steps they can take to hopefully achieve peace. So far blocking has worked he is finally quiet. I still don’t know his twitter username but he hasn’t said anything directly to me in twitter yet. Thank you for reaching out 🙏

  4. Han Champion says:

    I came across your post through a link from a Christian Naturist Fellowship post on MEWE. I don’t know you or anything about you other than what is written in this one post, so I don’t know if I support anything that you promote. I may even strongly object to much of it, but no one deserves to be harassed and threatened like you have been. It is despicable and morally reprehensible. The harassment says much about the severely flawed character of the harasser. It says nothing about you or your character. I haven’t experienced what you are going through, so I don’t know how to encourage you. I don’t want to spout platitudes. Let me just say, the harassers represent a minority. They may be vocal, but the majority of us are not as infantile or as disturbed. As a male human being, I offer my apologies to you for the crap that has been thrown at you. As I get time, I will read some of your other posts, and if appropriate, I will comment.

    1. Thank you so much for reaching out with words of kindness and support. Deeply appreciate it. 🙏

  5. Glenn says:

    It amazes me and saddens me how much a person can hate another. I hope the harasser is prosecuted and gets a long time to think and hopefully repent of his actions.

    1. Sad indeed. Luckily I think this is behind me. 🙏

  6. R.D. says:

    It’s horrible what you’re dealing with! No one has a right to judge you. You are the beautiful creation of our God who loves you and gave his only son to die for us so we may have eternal life. I pray you are safe and this horrible nightmare ends for you!!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Since posting this he has stopped and his actions and location have been shared with his local police department.

  7. Bare Beach Bum says:

    August’s story was truly tragic and I wish she would have had someone in her life to intervene and isolate her from all of the B.S. This political correctness, virtue signalling, and cancel culture has to stop! People are all individuals and have a right to believe in what they believe for whatever reason they believe it. If you don’t like someone’s opinion or believe, state your reason and try to persuade but don’t spew insults and shame people for their beliefs. If you can’t come to an agreement, agree to disagree and move on. Unfortunately some people feel elevated by belittling other people, and that is what you encountered Joy. Don’t engage them. I practice that myself on Twitter if someone keeps coming back to my rebuttals.

    1. It was such a preventable tragedy. His verbal assault has stopped and I reported him to his local police department to a detective who is currently cross referencing his info to find his true identity. I am hoping this is now behind me.

  8. nakedwanderings says:

    The easy answer to this is: Keep in mind that the online world does not represent the real world. Chances are likely that the Jonathan you’re talking about is just a sad shy little man who doesn’t dare to speak his mind once away from the computer. All his frustrations about himself just come out when he feels safe behind the screen. Then he becomes the “man” who can say whatever he wants to whoever he wants.

    The difficult answer is that online harassment is huge problem and has been the cause of lots of emotional problems and suicides. Although governments and authorities try to solve this from time to time, they often have no idea about where to start or how bad the damage is. Additionally, it’s often also a problem of “only the dumb get caught”. If you know a bit your way around computers, it’s very easy to hide in the dark and just come out when attacking a victim.

    In these situations it’s always very important to realise that you didn’t cause this. That you are the victim. As it is with all kinds of shaming, by the way. We can’t stress this enough because in many of these situations, it’s the victim who ends up with guilt. You did not cause this.

    To end with a tip: In the past we’ve tried many times to educate this kind of people. Until we learned that it doesn’t make any sense. In fact, it usually just makes things worse. As soon as they realise that they get your attention and that they’re triggering something, they just keep going. The best way is to ignore them from the beginning.

    1. I hear you thank you. Yes generally I send one response and block but some of his references (I did not share the violent ones) were very specific and he knew my location which was disturbing. I’ve been dealing with this type of issue for over a decade and I feel a difference with Jonathon. I am not afraid of him but I do feel he is capable of causing physical harm to women. He mentioned attending a naturist meetup and following the women afterwards. I am partially being so public about this because I am positive he is a true threat.

      I once again appreciate your thoughtful response and support!

  9. Thel says:

    You are so loving, so courageous and so worthy! I am so honored and emboldened by your bravery! Keep bringing the fucker to the light where we can see him for all that he is!

    1. Awe thank you so much! You’re such a sweet soul 💚

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