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Help for young people & children who’ve been victims of sextortion

We know that being online can be exciting and fun, but we also want to make sure you know how to protect yourself from the not-so-fun stuff. Online sexual extortion or sextortion is one of those not-so-fun things that we want to help you tackle head-on because your safety and well-being matter above all else.

This guide is here to lend you a helping hand if you ever find yourself a victim of online sextortion.

It's important to remember that none of this is your fault.

You're not alone, and there are people who care about your safety and want to support you through this tough experience.

We also have dedicated resources for parents/carers and adults who've been victims of sextortion.

I need help now

Need to talk to someone? 
Under 18s can speak to Childline for free on 0800 1111.

Sexual images or videos of me have been posted online
Report Remove offer support to have them taken down. 

Helpful info on how to Stop Sextortion from 'Thorn'
'Report Remove' may be able to help remove nudes from the internet

What can you do if someone is blackmailing or extorting you for nudes or sexual images online? 

If someone is threatening you by demanding nudes or sexual images or videos and wants you to pay money to stop, this can be very worrying. It is a crime for people to blackmail or threaten you in this way and it’s wrong. This type of behaviour can be called ‘sextortion’ or being ‘sexually coerced’. You are not alone in this situation, and you are not to blame. While it can feel very upsetting, organisations like the IWF and others are here to help.

We recommend talking to a trusted adult. This might be a parent, carer or teacher at school. Talking to someone you trust will help you understand the situation and put steps in place to make things better. There’s a guidance page for parents and carers here.

Here are some helpful steps to follow:

  1. Report what has happened. You can do this by contacting your local police on 101 or making a report to the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Safety Centre, where a Child Protection Advisor will make sure you get the help you need. Find out more about how CEOP can help you here. Always call 999 if you are in immediate danger.
  2. If you’re not ready to make a report to the police or feel worried about what might happen, you can speak to understanding and non-judgemental people at Childline. You don’t need to give your name or details.
  3. If you have copies of the images, videos, or links to the website where images or videos may be shown, you can use an online tool called Report Remove. Report Remove is here to help young people, under 18, in the UK to confidentially report sexual images and videos of themselves and the IWF will then try to have them removed from the internet. Once you’ve used Report Remove, you will also be able to talk to a trained Childline counsellor, who will have provided support to other children and young people in the same situation. Check out the Report Remove video above.
  4. We advise stopping all contact with anyone who is trying to blackmail or threaten. Do not share any more images or videos or pay any money of any sort (Bitcoin, cash transfer etc). If you have been communicating on an app, there should be in-built tools to block and report the user. You can find helpful information on how to block and report people on apps and social media here.
  5. Finally, remember - this is not your fault. The person trying to blackmail or sexually extort you is the one who is in the wrong. Lots of other young people have been in a similar situation. If you're feeling upset and need to talk to someone, you can get in touch with Childline

Sextortion help for young people

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You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in. They are there to support you. There are lots of different ways to speak to a Childline counsellor or get support from other young people.

Gurls Out Loud. Block - Report - Tell someone you trust.

Gurls Out Loud offers help for what to do if you're approached for nudes online. Boys are welcome too! 

Bullies Out Logo

Bullies Out provides a safe place to talk about and get advice on any kind of bullying - online or in person.

Young Minds Logo

Young Minds provide information and help on lots of different topics including bullying, social media, mental health etc. and where you can go to get help. 

Marie Collins Foundation logo

The Marie Collins Foundation offer young people who've been harmed by technology-assisted child sexual abuse counselling and support. 

Childnet Logo

Childnet offers great advice and guidance on how to stay safe online as well as info on exploitation, coercion and threats.

The Mix logo

The Mix provides 'Essential support for under 25s'. Get info and support via online chat, phone or their crisis messenger service

Victim Support logo

Victim Support helps children and young people cope with the impact and effects of crime including online sextortion/blackmail.

Samaritans Logo

Samaritans can help if you need someone to talk to, are in crisis or are feeling suicidal. Whatever you're going through, call them free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.


Thorn Logo

Stop Sextortion from Thorn provides tips for what to do if you or a friend are the victim of sextortion. Counselling only available in America. 


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