What should I do if someone is asking me to share a nude or sexual picture of myself on Facebook, or is threatening to share a photo that I already sent?
We want to help you find support and take action if you need to. We worked with the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and ConnectSafely.org on this list of things you can do and organizations you can reach out to for support and advice.
If someone is threatening to share things you want to keep private, asking you to send them money or anything else, you have options:
- Document the post: You may need a record of the post if you decide to take further action. Learn how to take a screenshot.
- Report this to local law enforcement.
- Report this to Facebook. Sharing or threatening to share intimate images goes against our Community Standards. If someone is threatening to share things you want to keep private (example: messages, photos, videos), asking you to send money or asking you to do something else you're uncomfortable with, please report this to us.
- Block this person. Depending on your privacy settings, people on Facebook can see a list of your Facebook friends. Once you block someone, they no longer have access to your friend list and won't be able to start conversations with you or see things you post on your profile.
If you're under 18
If you're under 18, we recommend also talking with a parent or other adult you trust to help you think through what to do. You can also talk to a school counselor or administrator who you feel comfortable with.
What you can do next
- Contact a crisis helpline or chat service. These can be found all over the US and in many other countries. This is a good option if you want to remain anonymous while deciding what to do. Crisis lines can also often refer you to a victim advocate or other legal adviser near you.
- Talk with a victim advocate or social worker in your town or city. In the US, there are victim advocates in county offices, police stations, domestic violence prevention centers, rape crisis centers, sheriff's offices and offices of state attorneys general. Victim advocates can help you gather evidence, figure out how to keep you safe and get a civil protection or anti-stalking order against the person threatening you. If you're in the US, call the National Organization for Victim Assistance at 1-800-TRY-NOVA/800-879-6682 or go to www.trynova.org/.
- Contact a legal aid society or organization near you for free advice.
- Ask a lawyer or other counselor for advice.
Where to find additional support
If you, or a friend, are being harassed or harmed online, these organizations should be able to provide support. Many of them offer resources and support specifically for situations when intimate images have been shared without consent. If you're concerned about a friend, please encourage them to reach out directly to the organization as well.
If you or a friend are having thoughts about suicide or self-injury, please contact local emergency services or a suicide helpline instead.
Kids Help Phone
- 116 111
Centar Za Sigurniji Internet
- 0800 606 606
Czech Safer Internet Centre
- 116 111
- 0800 02400
- 116 111
- Chat: Open from Monday to Wednesday, 17:00 - 20:00
Centre Hubertine Auclert
- 0800 200 000
Stop violences femmes
N.I.N.A. (Nationale Infoline, Netzwerk und Anlaufstelle zu sexueller Gewalt an Mädchen und Jungen)
- 0800 22 55 530 (The Independent Commissioner for Child Sexual Abuse Issues)
Innocence en Danger
- +49 (0) 30 33007549 (counseling line)
- +49 (0) 30 33007538 (regular line)
Centre for Social Research
- 1800 341 900
- 088 234 24 50
Kors på halsen (for children and youth under 18)
- 800 33 321
116 111 Telefon Zaufania dla Dzieci i Młodzieży (Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę)
- 800 21 90 90
Center for Justice and Crime Prevention
- 021 685 2659
Internet Segura 4 Kids (IS4K)
- 900 116 117
- 0771 50 50 50
The UK Safer Internet Centre
Revenge Porn Helpline
- 0345 600 0459
- 0808 2000 247
La Strada Ukraine (National hotline for preventing domestic violence, human trafficking and gender discrimination)
- https://www.facebook.com/childhotline.ukraine/ (children's helpline)
- 0 800 500 225 (free throughout Ukraine)
- 116 111 (free of charge from mobile phones, open Monday - Friday, 12:00 to 20:00 and Saturday, 12:00 to 16:00)
- https://www.facebook.com/lastradaukraine/ (adult helpline)
- 0 800 500 335 (free throughout Ukraine)
- 116 123 (free of charge from mobile phones, open 24 hours a day)
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative
- 844 878 2274
National Network to End Domestic Violence
For all other countries, please contact:
Love Is Respect
Without My Consent