Share this article Share She said: And I am entitled to enjoy it and to have a personal and a romantic life just as all women - of all different body shapes and sizes - are entitled to do.
Melissa Johns and her boyfriend Mat Swain have been together for four years The pictures of the star appear to show her posing naked and performing a sex act, but she says the images show 'disabled people can be beautiful and have sex lives' like everyone else 'So if this goes some way to dismantling discrimination, and showing that disabled bodies can be beautiful and even sexual, then that is a positive thing.
She and Mr Swain have been together for four years. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline she said she was 'shocked' when she discovered the pictures had come out.
The first thing I thought was 'Oh my god, what about my family, what about my nan. This kind of thing doesn't happen often and that voice is so empowering. Posting a defiant snap on Instagram yesterday, Miss Johns says the hackers 'messed with the wrong girl' and her leaked pictures have 'given her a voice' Miss Johns' leak has come two days after she was admitted to hospital for a colposcopy examining abnormal cells in her cervix.
She is now waiting for the results of a biopsy Her sex tape leak comes two days after she was admitted to hospital for a colposcopy examining abnormal cells in her cervix. She is now waiting for the results of a biopsy. She is not the first Coronation Street actress to fall victim of hackers. Faye Brookes, 30, who plays her on-screen love interest Kate Conor, was reported to have called the police when an explicit clip of her and unidentified man were leaked this month.
It has since been viewed over , times. The disabled actress pictured centre was born without her right hand and forearm and played Imogen Pascoe in Coronation Street's lesbian love triangle with Kate Conor left, played by Faye Brookes and Rana Nazir right 'I am proud of my body.
Melissa Johns' defiant response to sex tape leak in full I've always felt that I have been given this body for a reason. Because someone, somewhere, knew that I had the strength to deal with it. Ever since school, when I have been bullied or inappropriate comments have been made about my arm, I have learned to deal with things in a calm and positive way.
This was an intimate exchange that took place privately between myself and my boyfriend and it is completely unacceptable when people have their privacy disrespected in this way. However, as a vocal champion of women being totally at one with their bodies and not being ashamed of them, I am not about to turn around now and go back on my own principals. I am proud of my body. Women get these types of photos leaked all the time, but what is more unusual is to see a woman with a disability depicted in this way.
If any good has come out of this, it is to show that women with all different types of body shapes and sizes send photos, have sex lives, engage in intimate exchanges in the same way as everybody else. My body is unique, beautiful, and representative of what is still a very under-represented demographic of people in our society today. So if this goes some way to dismantling discrimination, and showing that disabled bodies can be beautiful and even sexual, then that is a positive thing.
It will take a lot more than a few leaked photos to to stop me fighting for equality and the mainstream representation of women of all different shapes and sizes.