ONLINE SEXUAL OFFENCES LAWYER
New technologies and, in particular, social media, have seen the advent of new sexual offences – for example sexting (sexual texting).
This phenomenon refers to sending intimate pictures of a person which were obtained with the person’s consent, but the person did not consent for them to be passed on to third parties. For example, a person sends their significant other a sexual video, and the person receiving it sends it to someone else outside their relationship.
Some adults also use social media to lure minors below the age of 16 to send them intimate videos or photos, or even try to set up a sexual encounters with them. These adults usually lie about their age in these cases.
WHAT TO DO IF…
If you are the victim of a sexting offence, it is normal to feel profoundly ashamed and scared, unable to react. However, the best course of action is to report the events as soon as possible so the police can get to work and avoid the images or video from being sent to more people.
When an underage person is a victim of these types of offences, the situation can be really delicate. They may be scared or too embarrassed to tell their parents, which can make the problem escalate.
In any case, the solution to this problems requires getting over the very natural and understandable feelings of shame and report it as soon as possible. Failure to do so might lead to very difficult emotional and psychological consequences.
EXAMPLES OF ONLINE SEXUAL OFFENCES
My boyfriend and I always used to send each other dirty pictures and videos, and we would sometimes have cyber-sex through videocalls. I broke it off a month ago, and he said that if I didn’t get back together with him he would send my parents and siblings all those videos we took. I didn’t think he was capable of keeping his threat, but he did.
I had a fling with a colleague at work; we liked to send each other sexy pictures while we were at work without anyone noticing. I didn’t want to keep seeing her, and she sent all my pictures to our bosses. Now they’re thinking of firing me.
My daughter met a guy through social media and fell in love; he’s been pestering her to send him intimate videos of her. Thank goodness my daughter told us, because we were able to find out that “boy” was actually an middle-aged man that just wanted videos of our underage daughter.