A DIFFERENT OPTION: AN INTERVIEW WITH JESSI SMILES

“I was raped three years ago by a man named Curtis Lepore,” says Jessi Smiles. 
Jessi was one of the first “Vine Stars” - a title given to her for being one of the first people to garner millions of followers on the social media app Vine. She says that a big reason she left that platform is because fellow Viner Lepore raped her. The rape, in addition to the resulting hostility and victim blaming from Lepore and his fans, became too much for her to endure. 

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