Internet Safety

Sextortion

What is sextortion?

Simply put, sextortion is blackmail. It’s when someone threatens to send a sexual image or video of you to other people if you don’t pay them or provide more sexual content.

Are you a victim of sextortion? This is what you need to know:

Stay calm and don’t panic. Immediately report what has happened to Cybertip.ca or contact police in your jurisdiction. If it is happening to you, the person is more than likely doing the same thing to others and this needs to be reported to the proper authorities.

Immediately stop all communication. Deactivate (but don’t delete) any of the accounts you are using to communicate with the individual. Pay attention to any of the other accounts you may have linked to as the offender may attempt to contact you there as well.

Do not comply with the threat. In other words, never pay money and never send additional nudes. Your situation will NOT get better by doing either of these things. If you have paid money, check to see if it has been collected and, if not, quickly cancel the payment.

Keep the correspondence. Keep information such as the offender’s username(s), Facebook® page, Skype® ID and Western Union details (if payment has been made), along with any images and/or videos that were sent.

Speak to a safe adult about what is happening. Remember that you are not alone. Reach out to a safe adult so they can help you get through this situation. Dealing with sextortion is too big to manage on your own!

Report it! Report to Cybertip.ca or call your local law enforcement agency and ask to speak with an investigator who works in child exploitation.

Getting help

If you are under 18 years of age and want to speak with a counsellor who can help you, go to Kids Help Phone.