Anna met her boyfriend Adam at work.
At first they were just colleagues but they grew closer working together on a project that involved long hours — a few months later they were dating. They kept things fresh and exciting by exchanging flirty texts and nudes.
They kept their relationship under wraps at work, although everyone at the office suspected they were an item.
Eventually Anna felt the relationship wasn’t working and told Adam she wanted to go back to being friends, but that she didn’t want things at work to be weird between them.
Adam didn’t take it well. He was furious, yelled at her and promised to make her pay. He then emailed Anna’s nudes to everyone at work.
When she found out, Anna was devastated.
Anna was worried about what her colleagues and boss would say and feared that she could even lose her job.
Her colleagues and especially her boss couldn’t have been more supportive. Her boss encouraged Anna to report Adam’s actions to the police and helped her report him to HR. Anna’s workplace took disciplinary action against Adam which resulted in his dismissal.
Anna was surprised and thankful for the amount of support she received from her workplace. She realised that it didn’t matter how hurt or upset her ex was — what he did was image-based abuse and it wasn’t OK.
*Anna's story combines the experiences and emotions of a number of individuals in this situation. Commissioned photo. Posed by model.
One in five Australians experience image-based abuse.
Image-based abuse is the sharing of intimate images without consent for sexual exploitation or extortion.
Imagine how you would feel if you felt naked everywhere you went.
How would you feel in front of your colleagues.
It is not OK to share intimate images without consent.
If you're witnessing image-based abuse, you can help stop it.
Anna (speaks to camera):
What if this happened to you.
Image-based abuse is never OK.
You can report image-based abuse at eSafety.gov.au
Last updated: 16/05/2023