NANCY BURNISHED the images she took of naked teenagers in New Jersey on Instagram, saying she felt compelled to share them because of the “disgust” that she felt in the image.
In an Instagram post on Monday night, she wrote, “I feel compelled to give my heart out to the people of New York.
This is not just me, but I feel compelled in this moment.
Disgust is what it is.
I have never felt this much disgust and disgust and this much embarrassment for anyone.”
Burnished by the backlash, Burnished also shared a photo of herself holding a bottle of iced tea in front of the photo.
“We can make this city better with our own efforts, but we can’t make it without our partners,” she wrote.
“The world is bigger than you.”
According to New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs, the department received more than 1,200 complaints of nude or sexually explicit images of teens in 2017, up from just 2 complaints in 2017.
According to a report by the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation, nearly 50 percent of complaints of sexual assault were committed by someone known to the victim.
Naked photos of New Jersey teens, which were taken by Burnished on April 1, 2017, sparked outrage on social media, with the hashtag #IWokeUpToNakedTears trending on Twitter.
The images sparked a massive backlash from both New Jersey and other states, with some even calling for the images to be taken down, as well as the police department.
Burnished, whose real name is Kristine Lacy Burnished, told the Associated Press that the images were taken during a “time of transition,” referring to the times between the 2016 and 2018 school years.
“I was very excited and happy to share this story on Instagram with a photo that I had taken with my friends and family.
It was one of the most amazing moments of my life,” she said.
“I have been in and out of therapy for years and have been on and off of medications for a long time, but the last year has been very difficult and a lot of hard work and it was the last time I would share my body with the world.”