Sexual Violence

Sextortion is a type of exploitation that involves coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. It is also a type of blackmail in which sexual images or videos are used to force sexual favors from the victim. People who sext may find themselves victims of sextortion.

"Sextortion" is a new term and a growing concern for everyone to keep an eye open for.

Sextortion happens when a person uses guilt, power, blackmail, threats or knowledge of a certain secret to force another person into providing sexually explicit photos, having sex, or performing sexual acts.

Predators generally target teens or young adults on social networking sites like Facebook/Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat or various online dating websites. Predators who practise sextortion pressure their victims to send them sexually explicit photos leading them into a false sense of relationship.  Once photos are obtained; predators manipulate their victims into sending more photos in exchange for a 'promise' not to distribute, share with friends or post to various social media sites.