It’s not easy to work out what to do when someone has shared an intimate, nude or sexual image of you without your consent. We have support and resources to assist you and your friends and family to help heal the hurt and distress you might be feeling.
For every person who has been a target of image-based abuse, the experience will be different. Depending on your precise situation, you might be feeling annoyed, angry, humiliated, embarrassed, overwhelmed, depressed or downright devastated.
The impacts of IBA can be far reaching. People who have been targets of image-based abuse report that it has affected their self-esteem, mental health and physical wellbeing, and that it can impact on relationships with friends, family and intimate partners. Victims of image-based abuse also describe negative effects on their school work, study and performance at work.
If you are experiencing image-based abuse as part of domestic violence or an abusive relationship, staying safe is your number one priority.
Everybody has the right to live without online abuse or the threat of online abuse. As we increasingly live our lives online, the threat of image-based abuse has risen. Some people hold out-dated attitudes that blame victims of IBA, when the blame should fall squarely on the perpetrators. These views are unhelpful and can add stress to an already difficult situation. Every instance of IBA is different, but what unites people who have experienced IBA is that images or videos of them have been shared without their consent. If you have been a target of IBA the most important thing to remember is it is not your fault and you are not alone.
If you have been affected by image-based abuse, or are supporting someone who is experiencing IBA, you will find advice and contact details for counselling and support services below.
If you have experienced IBA, there is help and support available. Talk to a counsellor, share how you are feeling with friends and family, and take steps to heal the hurt and distress you might be feeling.
- Find help
- Counselling services
- International support
- Talking with friends and family
- 10 ways to start healing
Friends and family are often the first people that victims of image-based abuse turn to. Below you will find information and resources to help a friend or family member who is experiencing IBA.
Image-based abuse impacts people regardless of their age, race, religion, sexual orientation, education or bank balance. Find support for yourself, friends and family. Find out how you can help if you have been a bystander to IBA or are a perpetrator wanting to make amends for having shared intimate images.
Emily was a 17 year old student when she shared three nude photos with a boy she knew through a friend. At her school, girls had been pressured by guys to send naked pictures for years. It was a common practice and it didn’t seem like a big deal.Read more