Your stories

Image-based abuse is more common than you might think. Around 20% of Australians have experienced an intimate, nude or sexual image being shared without their consent. It doesn’t matter whether the person in the image agreed to the image being taken in the first place. If the image is shared without the consent of the person depicted, it is image-based abuse.

Examples of image-based abuse include:

  • A current or ex-partner sharing an intimate image on social media without your consent.
  • An image being shared with a friend or acquaintance, passed on and posted online without your consent.
  • A work colleague Photoshopping an image of you with an explicit image and sharing it broadly via email.
  • A violent or abusive partner posting explicit images online to further hurt or humiliate you.
  • Threats to share an image if you don’t give the perpetrator money, perform a sexual act, or provide more images.

People like you

The following real-life stories show how far-reaching image-based abuse is in Australia, the trauma it can cause, and the steps that victims have taken to deal with it.

All names and other personal information in these stories have been changed to protect the person who was abused.