This story is true. It happened to a young woman in Armenia in 2017. The woman, who we will call Armine, spoke with Chai Khana on the condition that we not publish her real name or where she lives.
Even now, two years later, she fears she will be exposed and fears she will be forced to relive the shame of the blackmail all over again.
Armine, who has not even told her parents of her ordeal, fears they will be disappointed in her. She fears what her neighbors would say.
She would like to forget it ever happened, to forget the sickly realization she felt when she first realized he didn't love her.
To forget the stomach-turning anxiety she felt when he threatened to send her parents the nude photos she had made for him.
But even more than that, Armine says, she fears that other girls could experience what she went through. So she is sharing her story.