A woman on Reddit has shared a horrifying story on the “TrueOffMyChest” forum that might leave you wondering how certain human beings can become so twisted and messed up. According to a recent post, this mother of a three-year-old found out that her long-term partner has been posing as her online, posting nude photos of her, and even sending them to old friends from high school.
The Redditor was aware that someone was posing as her and doing this on Facebook and other platforms, but thought it might have been an ex-boyfriend — she never suspected that her own boyfriend was the one doing this to her.
“For several years someone has been making random social media accounts, filling it with nudes of me and then adding a ton of people from my Facebook but high school in particular,” she says. “They pretended to be me and talked to people and shared more nudes in private conversations. I never got to see these accounts because by the time I knew they existed, they’d have been reported and taken down.”
The only way she found out about these accounts is when someone from her past would message her, mistaking her real account from the fake one that had contacted them, and she would mention that they hadn’t spoken for a decade. After some confusion, she realized that someone was impersonating her online and, to her horror, sharing the intimate photos.
Some of these old friends were woman, including at least one who shared nudes of herself in return. Others tried to warn her that they thought it was her partner who was doing this, but she didn’t believe it until he made a fatal mistake.
“I had my suspicions for a few months now that it was my partner but, finally, someone reached out to me while the account was still active. I got to see the pictures and videos and the subreddits they were shared in … There were a few comments pretending to be me but the real kicker was I also got to see where my partner forgot to switch his Reddit account before making a comment he’s made a hundred times to me in a subreddit I know he follows about a knife I know he owns.”
This confirmation was devastating for the OP, who had been suffering from serious mental health issues at least in part because of this chronic online harassment and violation. All the while, her partner had been comforting her and had even talked her down from taking “drastic actions” multiple times because of these accounts, while he was the one making them.
She confronted her boyfriend about it and he immediately vomited, which may as well have been a confession, but he also verbally confessed to it all after some pushing. Now the OP has to figure out where to take her daughter and how to begin to move on from such a massive violation of trust.
“I am so beyond heartbroken that this is how 10 years of my life is going to end. I hate that I have to coparent with him for the rest of my life. I hate everything right now, if I’m honest. The anger and hurt is overwhelming.”
Commenters have been encouraging the OP to try and press charges against her partner as well as to seek sole custody of their daughter. Depending on where she lives, new laws against the practice of sharing other people’s intimate photos without their consent may apply to this situation, but the legal system has had trouble keeping up in this arena.