Reporting Revenge Porn in Sex

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If someone has shared images of you online without your permission, there are a number of steps you can take to report them.

What is revenge porn?

Revenge porn is when somebody shares sexual images of another person without their consent. This could be an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend posting pictures or videos online as an act of revenge after a breakup or somebody that asks to be sent sexually explicit images and then uses the images they received to blackmail the person who sent them.

Is it illegal?  

Revenge porn could be covered by a number of existing laws, including blackmail, threatening and abusive behaviour, stalking and improper use of a public communications network.

However, the Scottish Government may be making revenge porn itself an offence. It has already been decided it should be made a criminal offence in England and Wales – with jail time.

Somebody has shared or is threatening to share images of me online, what do I do?

Talking to someone you trust is one of the first steps to take. If your friends or family are going to be in danger of seeing the images, approaching them first will be easier than letting them find out by themselves.

Even if there's no chance of them seeing the photos you want removed, they can offer support and advice.

You can also contact the Young Scot Law Line for free confidential legal advice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week from a qualified lawyer.  

Reporting the issue to the police is also a good idea, as they would be able to take action to stop any threats or harassment. to the LawLine and to the police as what has happened could be against the law.

Be sure to take screenshots of the images you didn’t want shared and note down details such as their username, the date and time and the url where it has been shared. For most websites you can try contacting the site administrator and ask them to remove the images. You can also check out our guide on how to remove and report images on social media check out our guide to reporting and removing images online.