Lucy Hale's Response To Photo Leaks Is Bold And Badass

In a tough situation, she took a stand.

Lucy Hale has a message for whoever leaked topless photos of her: "kiss my ass."

The star of hit TV show Pretty Little Liars was featured in a series of leaked photos online. Not only is Hale planning to sue the website that published them, but she also issued a public statement about the incident on Twitter.

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"Once again, a woman in the public eye was violated, stolen from and her private life and body were exposed for anyone to see," she wrote. "I will not apologize for living my life and having a personal life that is all mine. It's truly unfortunate that being exposed in this way is allowed. Thank you for all the sweet, supportive messages I've been receiving. It was a much-needed reminder that I'm surrounded by so much love. I appreciate you all very much. And to whoever did this…kiss my ass."

Hale is hardly the first woman to have to face this situation.

By speaking against about leaks, women like Hale — and Leslie Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, and so many others — are working to create a media (and social media) culture where nude photo leaks aren't tolerated and are instead widely recognized as a predatory, criminal act, regardless of celebrity status. And their voices are being heard.  Legislators are enacting anti-nonconsenual photography legislation on the state level, but for real change to occur, Washington, D.C. needs to get involved. Congresswoman Jackie Speier introduced the Intimate Privacy Protection Act, aimed at criminalizing revenge porn, to the House in July, although in the past months, it's disappeared from the headlines.

As Lawrence told Vanity Fair in 2014, "just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. She later added: "The law needs to be changed, and we need to change."

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