DO NOT PAY: Important tips on how to manage sexual extortion as over 1000 Aussie kids are scammed each month

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The ACCCE's awareness campaign on sextortion.
The ACCCE's awareness campaign on sextortion. Credit: Supplied/ACCCE

Police suspect that more than 1000 Australian children are being threatened with financial sextortion each month and are expressing “serious safety and wellbeing concerns” for young people — following a spate of youth suicides — who are ensnared in the exploitative online scam.

Here are some important tips on how to manage sexual extortion.

HOW TO MANAGE SEXUAL EXTORTION

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  • Be mindful of any approaches on social media for a “sexy chat” by people you don’t know.
  • If you think you may have fallen prey to a sexual extortion chat, stop the chat immediately.
  • Next, tell someone you trust. Dealing with sexual extortion can be deeply distressing but it’s worse on your own. Talking to someone can help you to clear your head.
  • Take screenshots as evidence of the text and profile, and record the user URL.
  • Report the blackmailer’s account to the platforms where the initial approach occurred.
  • If you’re under 18, report it to the ACCCE (https://www.accce.gov.au/report). This constitutes child sexual exploitation and its specialist investigators will make sure you get the help you need
  • If you’re over 18 and your intimate images have been shared, report it to eSafety.gov.au/report
  • Seek mental health support if required.
  • If you’re in crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800

Here’s what you should not do (as it can make things worse):

  • DO NOT pay. If you’ve already paid, don’t pay any more.
  • DO NOT respond to any demands or messages. Block and ignore.
  • DO NOT send more images or videos.

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