In April 2023, several private images and videos of social media figure Megan Eugenio were leaked online without her consent. Eugenio, known online as Overtime Megan, is a 25-year-old influencer and host for the sports media brand Overtime.
Understandably upset, Eugenio promptly removed her popular TikTok account and limited access on her other social channels. After a month away from the public eye, she returned with a message of resilience. Eugenio’s experience highlights issues of privacy, dignity, and support in the digital age.
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In late April, explicit photos and videos of Eugenio were hacked and circulated on platforms like Twitter and Reddit. The nonconsensual sharing of private intimate media, known as “revenge porn,” caused tremendous personal distress for Eugenio.
She quickly deleted her TikTok account, which had over 2.5 million followers at the time. Her other accounts were made private or limited. This response protected Eugenio’s mental health and signaled she did not consent to the privacy violation.
Eugenio’s fans expressed sympathy and solidarity, rallying behind hashtags like #WeLoveYouMegan. However, many comments also shamed Eugenio, suggesting she was at fault. Such reactions reflect larger societal issues around gender, privacy, and digital ethics. The nonconsensual sharing of intimate media is never the victim’s fault.
Eugenio’s Return and Resilience
After a month away, Eugenio returned to social media with a message of strength. She thanked supportive fans and shared lessons learned. Most importantly, she affirmed her self-worth and right to continue her work, stating:
“You can take whatever from my phone, you can take all those images, whatever you want. You definitely cannot take my will to keep doing what I love. […] You can’t take my happiness. You can’t break my spirit.”
Eugenio’s experience offers an important model of resilience and grace in the face of privacy violations. She reclaimed control of her story while upholding her dignity and personhood.
Here is a video from Eugenio’s return to social media:
The nonconsensual sharing of intimate media raises critical issues:
- Privacy and consent must be respected in the digital sphere. Images shared privately do not forfeit a person’s dignity.
- Victim-blaming remains problematic. Responsibility lies solely with the perpetrator who violated consent and privacy.
- Support, not shame, empowers victims to heal while upholding their inherent worth.
Eugenio emerged from this experience with courage and poise that we can all learn from. Her story is a reminder to support victims and advocate for digital policies that protect privacy. Most importantly, no matter what people may try to take, our human spirit and purpose remain our own.