Reality TV star Stephen Bear has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for voyeurism and sharing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress. The case involved his neighbor and fellow reality TV personality, Georgia Harrison. The incident occurred in August 2020 when Bear invited Harrison to his home for a cup of tea. They engaged in consensual sexual activity, which Bear secretly recorded on his CCTV system without Harrison’s knowledge or consent.
Bear later showed Harrison the footage and promised to delete it, but instead, he posted the video on his verified Only Fans account three months later. The explicit content quickly spread across the internet, including on popular adult website Pornhub. Harrison discovered the video’s circulation when a fan in the United States sent her a screenshot.
Harrison reported the incident to the police, leading to Bear’s arrest, charge, and subsequent conviction. The case received significant media attention, highlighting the issue of intimate image abuse and the challenges victims face in reporting such crimes. Harrison’s courage in coming forward and pursuing legal action has inspired other victims to seek justice.
In addition to seeking justice for herself, Harrison has been actively involved in advocating for better laws surrounding revenge porn. She lobbied parliament and played a crucial role in securing amendments to the online safety bill, making it easier to prosecute offenders. Harrison continues to campaign for platforms that host explicit content without consent to be held criminally accountable.
The impact of this case cannot be overstated. It has provided hope to victims of intimate image abuse and served as a warning to potential perpetrators. Following Bear’s sentencing, there was a significant increase in calls to the government’s “revenge porn” helpline.