Topless XR protester says baring breasts is ‘act of defiance’ against bullies

A topless Extinction Rebellion protester who has become famous for her unusual campaigning methods says baring her breasts is an “act of defiance”.

Laura Amherst, 31, revealed she was bullied as a teenager for being sexually active, which she argues came about due to suffering sexual abuse as a child.

She wrote on Instagram: “I’m not asking for sympathy, I’m just saying, some people are promiscuous/sexual because they are deeply lonely and feel like if they are close sexually to people, they may get affection and love.”

The mum-of-one went on to say that she still suffers with “serious” self-esteem issues, causing her to make poor choices.

She urged people to be kind and think about what bullying does to others, revealing that she has tried to take her own life “many times”.

The 31-year-old said: “I’ve tried to commit suicide many times, I have social anxiety and depression from the abuse and bullying.

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“But I will soldier through this, and I’ll be damned if I let a single damn person shame me for ANYTHING.

“I will continue to speak up, be defiant, normalise sexuality despite the traumas I have suffered, and I will continue to support all the worthy causes.

“A word to hate filled people or former bullies – you will never ever stop or silence me and what I have to say.

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“I will continue to educate myself and keep pushing for opportunities and fighting for equal rights for all, including our animal friends. You can NEVER break my soul.

The student from Brighton also told her followers that she plans to stop doing OnlyFans at the end of the month as she feels “pressured to do more and more pornographic”, which she argues isn’t for her.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website,

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