She's a hardcore veteran of a no hold barred industry, a porn star who escaped the ravages of the adult film biz. And she's celebrating her birthday. 26, to be exact.
Crissy's six years in the porn business started, according to her, because she had a long string of abusive boyfriends who fed off her personality, which she described as being a "relationship junkie." Today, she works for Treasures, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003 by a former dancer to help women heal from what she calls "sexual brokenness."
"I was a relationship addict," Moran reveals to the LA newspaper. "After so many of these relationships, I hit rock bottom, because the breakups were so hard. Each one was taking something different, or maybe the same, just more of it, and I was left alone. After one particular breakup, I went online and I started doing online dating. ... I was doing crazy things. I flew to New York and I met a man; I drove my car six hours to meet a guy. I had to have somebody."
The journey into porn started in Moran's home state of Florida, where she first started posing topless. From there, a new boyfriend started pushing her to work "with females and himself, which I really didn't want to do, either. He controlled my money and gave me a very small allowance to buy whatever I wanted, but all of my money went into his bank account."
They moved to California together, and the relationship became abusive. Moran describes it as jailer/prisoner. She says she was trapped and physically overpowered by her boyfriend, a mixed martial arts fighter.
None that we know, or at least we hope.
"He would hide my car keys," Moran detailed. "He pulled me around by my hair when he was angry and he punched me in the back of my head. One time in Hawaii he got angry with me, and I ran as fast as I could to the elevator, but before it came, he grabbed me and took me back to the room, where he beat me. Another time I jumped out of his car and I ran into a convenience store, yelling, 'Call the police, he's going to kill me.' There were at least 10 people looking at me, and they watched him carry me away. ... Nobody cared about me. My family wasn't present in my life."
Finally, after years of abuse, Moran escaped the boyfriend with the aid of friends, only to fall into the same patterns with other men. Her last relationship with a man soured after she found out he'd visited a strip club -- and shown topless pictures of her to his co-workers. The act of betrayal from someone who wasn't even in the business, a "nice guy," crushed her. She decided to leave the business altogether and begin what she calls a fast from men.
"As you can imagine, it's not always easy," she admits.
A few months after Moran left the business, a mutual acquaintance introduced her to Harmony Dust, a former adult dancer and founder of Treasures, the nonprofit that would become Moran's new home.
Moran swore off sex. All sex. Everything to do with it, as a matter of fact.
Now she's happy, possibly for the first time in her life. She spends her weekends at church and. according to the story in the LA paper, lights up when she talks about her new Bible reading group. The most important thing in her life isn't the pursuit of physical pleasure, she says, but spiritual wholeness.
Another birthday in the books is a symbol of growth. And while she's not quite as young as her friends declared at the bar that night (oh damn ... we were lied to?), her life is in front of her, and she knows what she wants. "My passion is to stay here at this nonprofit, and keep doing whatever needs to be done. That's my goal."
We wish Crissy the best.
And if not, we'd love to be here when she's looking to break that fast.
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