Dealing With Sextortion

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner have recently begun discussing sextortion. If you dont already know what it is let us explain. Sextortion is a form of blackmail where the perpetrator threatens to reveal intimate images of you online unless you give in to their demands. These demands are typically for money, further intimate images, or sexual favours.

As discussed by eSafety, perpetrators commonly target their victims through dating apps, social media, webcams or adult pornography sites. While sextortion can be committed by individuals, organised crime is commonly behind it.

Sextortion can be devastating for victims. eSafety advise victims, or those being threatened with sextortion, to take the following steps:

  • Try to stay calm and report it to the eSafety Commissioner—we will work with you to get the right outcomes
  • Don’t give the perpetrator any money or additional images, and stop all contact with them
  • If you’re concerned about your physical safety call Triple Zero (000) or contact local police
  • Change your passwords for all social media and online accounts, and review your privacy and security settings
  • Get support from a trusted friend, family member or an expert counselling support service.

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