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Emily was a 17-year-old student when she shared three nude photos with a guy she knew of through a friend.

At her school, girls had been pressured by boys to send nude pictures for years. It was a common practice and it didn’t seem like a big deal. By the time Emily was in year 12, she didn’t think twice about sending a few nude pictures to a friend of a friend when he asked.

She knew he was a couple of years older and had left school but she was single at the time and was feeling playful and confident. Emily didn’t ever meet him, but they did flirt online for a while. She didn’t think about the images again, until two years later when she was at university and her boyfriend at the time discovered that the photos had been posted online.

Like many others in her situation, she was humiliated and angry.

What’s more, she saw the names and images of other girls she knew from school on the same sites. But when she talked to them about going to the police, none of them wanted to get their ex-boyfriends or their mates in trouble.

Emily contacted eSafety to find out what could be done. She was especially concerned as she was under 18 in the photos. eSafety was able to help get her images removed and made sure she had counselling support to deal with the emotional fall-out.

What Emily wants others to know

Emily wishes that more people were willing to speak out about their experiences and take action against those who are sharing these kinds of images without consent. She was happy that eSafety was able to remove her photos so that they no longer appeared online.

Emily let the other girls know that eSafety is there to help them.

*This story combines the experiences and emotions of a number of individuals in this situation. Commissioned photo. Posed by model.

Emily's story

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