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There are steps you can take. If you're not sure if what's happened is a crime, check what's the crime. This advice is mainly for adults 18 and over. We've got specific advice if you're under 18 and your photos or videos are shared. Save message thre, nude pic sharing, and screenshots of websites with the URL visible in a secure place, like a hard-drive that's password protected. You could ask someone you trust to do this if you find it's distressing.
A screenshot is a saved picture of everything showing on the screen. Find out how to take screenshots on different devices on Facebook's help centre. It's best not to delete anything until you've reported it to the police. There might be other evidence they need. Call or speak to someone at your local police station. Find your local police station on the Police Scotland website. Victim Support Scotland can help you to report the crime.
Find out more about getting support on the Victim Support Scotland website. The police will decide whether they should investigate your case. You can about the criminal offence of sharing or threatening to share an intimate photo or film in Scotland under what's the crime. If the police decide that a crime has been committed, they'll hand everything to the Procurator Fiscal, who'll decide whether to charge the person with the crime.
If the nude pic sharing goes to court you may have to give evidence as a witness, but you might be able to do this behind a screen or by video link. about being a witness on the mygov. Once you've saved the evidence, you might want to stop anyone sharing your pictures from contacting you. You could do this by blocking them on social media and messaging apps.
Check with the police before you do this. You can block people on social media if they're harassing you. There's a guide to blocking social media users on the BT website. If you're under 18 there's specific support available. Check what to do if you're under 18 and your photos or videos are shared. The Revenge Porn Helpline is for adults over 18 who've had their photos or videos shared without consent.
They can help advise you about reporting to the police and getting your photos removed. Victim Support Scotland provides emotional and practical support to victims and witnesses of all crimes. Find out how to get help on the Victim Support Scotland website.
If your partner or ex-partner was the person who shared your intimate photos or videos, you may find it useful to speak to an adviser at Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline. Read about getting support if you've experienced domestic abuse. The following steps aren't appropriate for removing images of children under These images shouldn't be viewed by anyone except specially trained organisations. Report a sexual photo or video of on the Internet Watch Foundation website. They'll try to have the image or video removed for you.
If they don't you could contact them again, with representation from a lawyer or Citizens Advice Bureau adviser.
Explain the situation and that the photos or videos are part of a criminal investigation. This may persuade them to remove them. The Revenge Porn Helpline can help you get images and videos removed through it's partnerships with Facebook and other social media platforms. In some cases you may be able to create new online content, like websites, blogs and images, to move content that you don't want others to see further down in search engine. There are also some companies that charge fees to remove images and pictures from the internet for you, often called "reputation management".
This can be very expensive.
There's a similar offence in England and Wales. It's a crime to show intimate images or videos, send them to another person, them to a website, or threaten to do this, without your consent. This includes so called 'revenge porn'. Revenge porn can be a form of abuse. It's a way for someone to control their partner or ex-partner. In some cases personal contact details are given which le to the victim being harassed or puts the victim in danger. Read examples of situations covered by the law on the Not Yours to Share website. The person sharing the image or video must have meant to cause fear, alarm or distress, or was reckless as to whether it would cause this.
Recklessness means that it was a foreseeable result of their actions. It's not a crime to share intimate photos or videos if they're already in the public domain with the consent of the person in them. For example, if a person takes a sexual photo of themselves and uplo it to a public website, people sharing the photo wouldn't be committing a crime. Texts or s, without images, aren't covered by the law.
They may be covered under another crime such as 'threatening or abusive behaviour'. You should still contact the police on or speak to someone at your local police station. Images or videos may be sent willingly to another person as part of a healthy relationship. No one should be coerced or forced to send these.
about what consent means in a healthy relationship on the Disrespect Nobody website. No matter why an image or video was taken or sent, most people don't expect or want them being shared more widely. You should treat any photos or videos you get as private. There's a defence to the crime if the person in the images or videos consented to them being shared, or you "reasonably believed" that they consented.
This is something you would need to provide evidence for in court. There's also a defence if the person in the image or video chose to put themselves in an intimate situation in public, like streakers or naked protesters. You're protected by the law against sharing intimate images and there are also specific criminal laws to protect children. It's a crime to take, make, share or keep an indecent photo or video of under The only exception is when 16 or 17 year olds take intimate photos with a spouse or partner and they're not shared with anyone else.
If you're worried about who you've been talking to online, speak to an adviser at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. If you're worried about child abuse, grooming or inappropriate online contact, report your concerns to the NSPCC.
You can do this anonymously. You should get advice from a solicitor who specialises in criminal law. Try the 'find a solicitor' tool on the Law Society of Scotland's website. You may be eligible for legal aid to help with the costs of a solicitor.
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If your intimate photos or videos are shared without your consent This advice applies to Scotland Print. Advice for adults If someone has shared revealing or intimate photos or videos of you, or is threatening to share them, this is a crime in Scotland. Save the evidence Save message thre, images, and screenshots of websites with the URL visible in a secure place, like a hard-drive that's password protected. Report it to the police Call or speak to someone nude pic sharing your local police station.
What happens next If the police think a crime might have taken place, they'll investigate.
They might: gather evidence - you'll be asked to give them any screenshots, texts or s and they might seize the accused person's laptop and phone take statements - from you and any other witnesses about what happened interview people - they'll question you and the person you've identified as sharing the photos, separately involve the police in other countries - if the accused doesn't live in Scotland advise on other action you can take - if the person is your partner or ex-partner there are other legal protections against further abuse.
about support if you've experienced for domestic abuse If the police decide that a crime has been committed, they'll hand everything to the Procurator Fiscal, who'll decide whether to charge the person with the crime. At court If the case goes to court you may have to give evidence as a witness, but you might be able to do this behind a screen or by video link. A case can be heard in either: the sheriff court the high court - with a jury, if the offence is very serious A person found guilty can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
Block them Once you've saved the evidence, you might want to stop anyone sharing your pictures from contacting you. Organisations that can help victims If you're under 18 there's specific support available. Did this advice help? Yes No. Why wasn't this advice helpful? It isn't relevant to my situation.
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