This is a good option if you prefer to remain anonymous while exploring how to proceed, and crisis lines can often refer you to a victim advocate or other legal adviser near you.
[In the US, you can search for one by zip code here or visit Crisis ] * Talking with a victim advocate or social worker in your town or city.
“Sexting” typically refers to sex-related or nude photos taken and shared via cellphone (most sexting happens on phones and doesn’t make it to the Web, according to research in the medical journal Pediatrics).
Some experts say sexting can also be just sexually explicit text.
And in many jurisdictions, school staff and other potential advisers are “mandated reporters” of child sexual victimization.
[You can do a Web search for “victim advocate” in your location or, in the US, call the National Organization for Victim Assistance in the Washington, D.
C., area – 1-800-TRY-NOVA/800-879-6682 or go to try ] * Contacting a legal aid society or organization near you for free advice.
Certainly sextortion can also involve a violation of trust, as with “aggravated sexting,” exploiting emotional vulnerability.
What do I do if someone’s sharing nude photos of me? If the issue is aggravated sexting, when only adults are involved (people 18 in the US), there are laws that can support your case, including sexual harassment, stalking, wiretapping, and extortion-related statutes.
The other category of sexting is called “experimental,” which involves no malice, surprise, or lack of consent between participants and which rarely results in an arrest (18% do, according to the CCRC). This is another kind of sexting that can cause serious harm.