Move! reader was traumatised when his nude pictures ended up on social media
I’M a 23-year-old man from Mamelodi and I was betrayed by my brother. The mistake I made was to trust him with my phone. He used it to send my naked pictures to our friends at school. I was angry at the time, but I couldn’t do much about it because I didn’t want to upset our parents.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
The difference between my brother and I is that he is shy and reserved, whereas I’m confident and popular. He is so shy that he never even takes pictures of himself. But I never thought that this would make him so jealous of me. At first, things were okay between us but as time went by, I started noticing changes in his behaviour towards me. He started acussing me of all sorts of things. He said I was a spoilt brat and that our parents loved me more than him. I kept quiet even though he was mistreating me.
TRUSTING HIM WITH MY PHONE
One day he asked for my cellphone and said he wanted to download some music. I did not suspect anything, so I gave it to him. He took things too far when he found nude pictures of me and my girlfriend on the phone and uploaded them on social media. He also told my gilrfriend that I’m only using her for sex, which was not true. The following day at school, everyone was looking at me in a funny way. When I got to my class, I found my girlfriend crying. When I asked her what was wrong, she said, “I loved you and trusted you, and this is the thanks I get?”. I was so shocked, hurt and embarrassed to see our nude pictures on her friend’s phone.
I was so hurt and angry that my brother betrayed me. I learnt a very painful lesson and my advice to young people out there is: never take pictures of yourself in a compromising situation. I have since decided to forgive my brother because life is too short to hold grudges. * Not his real name