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Irish victim of porn image hijack slams Gardai

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Katie Kirwin (Image via Independent.ie)
Katie Kirwin (Image via Independent.ie)

Katie Kirwin told Ryan Tubridy that she had yet to be interviewed by Gardai over images of her as a child being used on porn sites.

Katie, now 19, has been one of the most high-profile victims of the 'harvesting' scam that has highlighted the theft of images from private Facebook pages of young Irish girls.

Those innocent images were then posted to a porn website, often after they were photoshopped with explicit material. The comments on the images from users of the porn site were also of a distressing nature.

Katie revealed on the Tubridy show this morning that she was in a chat group with many of the other victims of the disgusting scheme and while they were speaking about talking with detectives regarding the images, she has yet to give a statement to Gardai.

"At this point it is becoming more of an issue with the Guards for me personally because they are doing nothing for me," she told Tubridy.

"I am absolutely fuming right now because about 10 minutes prior to this... I'm involved with a group chat with all the girls this has happened to and they keep posting updates 'oh, detectives have said this, detectives have said that'. That's fine. 

"No detective has taken my statement so if there is any Guard in Ireland listening right now can you contact me because I am sick of contacting garda stations."

Katie told Red FM on Wednesday about her experience when she reported the incident to Gardai.

"I went to Anglesea and was told 'there's no immediate problem'... that there's 'nothing they can do for me'".

"Because I'm fourteen, it's somehow not as bad? Which is outrageous, considering I'm legally still a child".

"They were rude, inconsiderate... basically told me to go away".

Katie also told the Cork station that she was initially shocked at seeing her photos on the site, but is now furious at what was done.

"I was upset yesterday but I'm just really angry about it today," she said.

Katie said some of the photos dated back to when she was aged only 14.

"I wish it was just one photo but it was actually a thread of my photos. You would see every photo of me since I was 14-years-old up to just before I turned 19," she said.

"I want to make it clear that these are all photos of my face - the face of a 14-year-old child. Most of them aren't showing anything other than my face."

Katie said none of the photos were in any way provocative. What sickened her most was the vile comments posted about them on the site. "Some of the comments are absolutely disgusting. They are vile," she said.

Another woman checked the site when she became concerned some of her friends' images were on it. "It is mostly Cork girls, from what I can see," she said.

Today it is estimated that up to 50 young girls could be victims of the 'harvest'.