Sexual extortion is a terrifying and de-humanizing violation that feeds off victims’ shame. Sextortion is similar to online blackmail scams, except that instead of demanding money, the blackmailer demands the victim engage in sex acts, such as posing for naked pictures or masturbating in front of a webcam.
The most common form of sextortion is executed through social media. Sextortonists strike up close friendships with their future victims through online messaging and/or texts. Once the trust is solidified, they encourage their victims to send naked pictures or videos . They then use those photos as blackmail to force their victims to create more footage according to their perverse specifications.
Sextortonists will also hack into victims’ computers, discover sensitive material, and threaten to expose their victims if they refuse to comply with their orders.
If you are the victim of sextortion, we urge you to follow these five steps to stop the abuse.
1. Tell someone close to you.
We know that it’s not easy to admit that you’ve fallen prey to the manipulative tactics of a faceless, anonymous criminal. You might be concerned that your friends or family won’t possibly understand how the situation began. Or you’re frightened that the offender will make good on his threat to post the compromising footage online.
Remember this: you are the victim of a malicious abuser who is relying on your silence to continue the assault.
2. Stop all contact with the offender.
The idea of suddenly, out of the blue, not responding with the sextortonist might cause you to panic. Your mind will start racing with panicky thoughts: “Will they contact your family? Send messages to my friends?”
You should also ask yourself, “Am I willing to do this forever?” And the answer should be no. You deserve to be freed from this. Any more chats or sessions keep you in the manipulative grasp of your abuser. Once the contact is severed the battle to bring him to justice can begin.
3. Don’t delete anything.
Evidence is absolutely necessary to measure the scope, length, and timeline of the exploitation. You may feel the urge to rid your computer of any memory of the situation out of embarrassment, but don’t. Keep it all. It’s no longer your shame to bear. It’s now your ammo.
4. Tell the cops.
Involving the police from the beginning is important. Since there is no federal law against sextortion, gathering more information on how often it occurs will increase the need for legislative reform.
5. Meet with a law firm that knows how sexual extortionists operate.
Your local law enforcement might not have the resources, time, or nuanced understanding of your situation. Make sure you speak to a lawyer who gets how sextornists behave.
Sextornionists keep control by making you believe that if you don’t obey, your life will be rover. He convinces you that you don’t have options and there’s no way out. He’s wrong.
We work hard to de-anonymize sexual extortionists and advocate on your behalf with law enforcement.
Call (646) 666 – 8908 or send our office a message to tell us what’s going on. We will be in touch right away.