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Image based sexual abuse

This section contains further advice if you have been a victim of image based sexual abuse.

Image Based Sexual Abuse

What to do now?

  • Do not respond to any threats or demands.
  • Capture the website URL where the images have been posted.
  • Obtain copies of the images.
  • Obtain any other accompanying information (User ID, Comments, Links etc).
  • If sent by email then save it, but do not forward on. including to the police.
  • Save any text messages.

Report

These incidents should be reported to West Mercia Police.

In an emergency (click here to see examples) please call 999 or the alternative emergency number 112; for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired call 18000 to use Next Generation Text Service (replaces TextRelay); or use emergencySMS. Otherwise please call 101 (the national police non-emergency number), or .

What happens next?

Do NOT panic. You have already taken the first big step by recognising you are the 'victim' in this and that you may require support to help you through this difficult time. The Police will take your case seriously, will deal with it in confidence, and will not make judgements on your behaviour.

Due to the volume and nature of cybercrime, contact from our staff may happen some time after the event, so please include as much detail as possible in your initial report to assist any investigation, keeping a copy for your records as reference for any follow up contact.

The police may also make a referral to Victim Support for you, here is more Victim and witness information.

What else can I do?

Contact the relevant website(s) or social media platforms to get any posted images removed.

One particular organisation that can help is the UK Safer Internet Centre - they have an incredibly speedy record of getting images removed.

Seek further support from the Revenge Porn Helpline.