I have an ex who has posted nude photos of me online in the past, linked to my online social media, and posted my full name and where I live. I am concerned he may do so again once he finds out I’m now in a PhD program (he’s very jealous of any success I have), and may link to my school bio page, or worse.
Revenge porn is illegal in my state, and the case against him is currently pending. I have also gotten the photos taken down with a DMCA letter (I hold the copyright over the photos in question). At this point, I am concerned with how a future attempt could affect my career. I can handle the embarrassment now that I’ve been through it once, so if that’s the biggest concern, I can deal. I just don’t want to lose a career over it, given how small academia really is and how a reputation might follow one around.
My question is, if I don’t change my name (I’ve considered this, assuming I can keep him from finding out) and my photos are circulated and discovered by faculty or students, how likely am I to be thrown out of my PhD program or later lose a job as an untenured prof? Is a name change worth it?
(If it makes any difference, they are essentially just topless portraits; I’m not engaged in any sexual activity or anything weird, and were taken 10 years ago when I was very young and foolish.)