Blackmail through intimate materials is called sextortion.
This is not a phenomenon associated only with children and adolescents. Adults (eg ex partners) face similar problems. There is a known case where an ex-partner threatened his ex-partner that if he did not agree with the care of the child, he would send her nude photos to all friends on Facebook.
However, it is not only young girls or adult women who are victims of sextortion. Men are also increasingly being attacked. Here, however, the main motivation is mainly the financial amounts that men are willing to pay extortionists for the secrecy of their intimate photos or videos.
Interesting and important info:
- Recently, there has been a significant increase in blackmail cases using intimate materials. FB Messenger and Snapchat are mainly used as attack tools. Due to the seriousness of the attack, many of these cases are being handled by police around the world.
- The vast majority of intimate materials provide victims to a potential perpetrator voluntarily, as part of a partnership or flirting. Nevertheless, there are cases where the perpetrators break into the victim's account and download all photos and videos.
- Therefore, it is not reasonable to send or share your intimate photos or videos with anyone. This also applies to the person you love today (the situation may change). If you still want to do so, do so without faces and identifiable signs such as birthmarks, freckles, scars, tattoos, apartment backgrounds, and surroundings. Any such material, if it already exists, may be misused once. And once your intimate photos escape the online world, it will be impossible to stop them from spreading.
- If someone is blackmailing you, follow these steps - do not suit the
attacker, provide evidence, do not block your social media accounts, alert the
attacker / blackmailer to the infringement, have a strong will and do not be
afraid to turn to specialized institutions for help (counseling, police).
- If someone is trying to blackmail you, the most important thing in general is not to suit the attacker in any way, not to trust him, because even if you agree to his demands, further blackmail and deterioration cannot be ruled out. It is then very good to report the matter to your parents, who can help you resolve the difficult situation.
- It is especially important to provide evidence (eg, record interviews, provide witnesses to events, back up all electronic communications, make notes of extortionist phone numbers, e-mails, social network account names, screenshots, attacker's friend lists, or photos of them, name, address, etc.).
- If you communicate with an attacker on a social network, you will block
all communication by blocking them, so it is important not to block accounts.
- In this case, you can strongly alert the attacker to the following facts:
- if someone forces someone to do something under the threat of serious harm (eg he wants your intimate photos for you and threatens that if you do not send them to him, they will publish already obtained photos or videos of an intimate nature on the internet), in this case it could be a suspicion from the crime of "Blackmail"
- if someone keeps child pornography (for example, he only has such photos on his mobile phone or computer), he is already committing the crime of "Production and other handling of child pornography"
- spreading the form of man is possible only with his permission. So if you have not explicitly consented to the distribution of your photos or videos, the distribution without your permission would also be an infringement. In such a case, you could go to court and ask the person in question, in the case of publishing the photos, not only for their removal, but also for compensation for non-pecuniary damage.
- So tell the attacker concerned to immediately remove the photos he lured from you and stop blackmailing, threatening and harassing you and others immediately. Inform him that this is a serious infringement. You will inform the police about the situation if the photos appear anywhere.
- Definitely don't write to him that you will give him anything. It is a mistake. You must have him in your hand, not you. Provide evidence of extortion. After warning of these facts, do not react to the attacker at all and do not write him off. Just keep the communication and secure the evidence (any answer is just an incentive for the attacker to communicate).
- If the attacker in question continues to threaten and blackmail, still do not respond. Have a strong will and just collect evidence. Depending on the situation and the intensity of extortion, it is appropriate to confide in the parents and report the matter to the police with evidence.