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Someone is Threatening to Leak my Nudes!

May 28, 2021

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What is Sextortion?

Sextortion is when someone gets a hold of your intimate images and uses it to manipulate you into sending money or sending more sexually explicit photos. This is done by threatening to leak the images to friends, family, coworkers or even on social media if demands are not met. This crime has become more prevalent in the age of technology.

Teenagers are often the victims, but it can happen to anyone. Remember you did nothing wrong so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Youth who fall victim to sextortion are usually victimized by an individual unknown to them. These individuals are what are referred to as cybercriminals. Cybercriminals prey on young boys by posing as a young girl and sending a sexually explicit video. They will then request that the boy do sexually explicit things on a live video call or to send sexually explicit photos. The cybercriminals then use the video/images as leverage to get the boy to send money or more images with the threat of releasing the images if the requests are not met.

For young girls, the process is usually more subtle. The process typically takes longer, as girls look to develop trust before sending photos. Therefore, the cybercriminal will make contact and then develop a relationship before requesting images and beginning the blackmailing Sextortion also occurs when photos are shared with someone you know, and they then threaten to leak the images if you don’t comply with their demands. Sometimes the photos are released after the breakdown of a romantic relationship as revenge, commonly referred to as revenge porn. For more information on revenge porn read our other article that more thoroughly addresses the issue.

Warning Signs?

Cybercriminals looking to sextort individuals use social media, dating apps, gaming live chats or porn sites to target individuals. Warning signs to look out for is that they start asking questions about your location, what school you go to, or other personal information. The conversation will quickly become sexual, and they will continuously try to make contact. Another tell-tale sign is inconsistencies in the information they provide about themselves. For example, their photos may not match the age they say they are.

What to do?

If you have been the victim of sextortion:

  1. Do not give them what they are asking for.
    If you already have, don’t send anything else and try to cancel the money transaction. Sending money or more photos doesn’t change the fact that they still have the photos. Therefore, they can and most likely will continue to threaten you even if you send money or photos.
  2. Stop communicating with the individual. Don’t delete your account, just deactivate it.
  3. Don’t delete any information.
    You don’t want to delete messages because what they are doing is illegal so, you will want to keep the evidence. Other important information to keep is the information linked with the money transaction if one was made. This will help the police track down the criminals. Chances are that you are not the only victim so the more information the police can get the better the chances are that they will be able to track them down.
     

    If you feel you are in immediate physical danger, contact 911. Being victim to sextortion can be scary, therefore it is in your best interest to tell someone trustworthy who can help you. We have highly trained lawyers that can help you navigate the situation.

Getting Justice

With newer technology, it has become a lot easier for people to remain anonymous and hide their true identities. For this reason, it’s hard to build a criminal or civil case. Therefore, it’s very important to report the incident as soon as possible and get trained professionals to help track down the offender. If the offender is identified, they can be sued for threatening to release the photos since extortion is prohibited under the law. Furthermore, there is no doubt that being put in such a situation can cause immense mental distress, and for this reason, it’s also possible to sue for damages to your mental health. If the images were actually leaked, it’s also possible to sue for publication of private information. The courts can also order the destruction of all images so that they no longer have access to your photos.

Although a fairly new territory, the law has created ways in which victims of crimes such as sextortion can receive justice. We can help you
in your fight for justice.

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