Skip navigation! Story from Sex Tips. In a perfect world, you'd be able to send all of the sexy photos and videos you want without worrying that your nudes will end up in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, there will always be some risk involved with sexting. You could hit the wrong button and accidentally send your naked photo to the wrong person. Or, even when your nude photo does end up in the right hands, it could be shared without your consent. Some people call non-consensual nude-sharing "revenge porn," because of ex-partners who spread someone's nude photos without their consent after a bad breakup.
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Experts say there are five love languages, but since the invention of smartphones, you can add a sixth: sexting. The time-honored tradition of sending your lover intimate photos has expanded into a complex multimedia experience. Apps like Snapchat were created for the purpose of sharing sexy snaps and videos, and the feckless nature of the internet plus the bottomless demand for porn makes the leaking of private content unfortunately all too likely. In HBO's Euphoria , Kat Barbie Ferreira experiences the fall out of having a sex tape leaked in her case, filmed and distributed without her consent. For high school students, pressure to send sexts combined with age appropriate poor judgment and a tendency toward groupthink and public shaming can be the perfect recipe for disaster. As Bella Thorne pointed out recently when she was hacked by a blackmailer and fought back by choosing to release her nudes herself , it's never the victim's fault for having their privacy violated. In an ideal world, young people would be able to explore their sexuality in a consensual, safe way without the potentially devastating consequences of a leak, we know this is not the case and that not all victims are treated the same: straight cis men and boys are far less likely to be shamed for their participation in sexual activity but rather, congratulated.
If you've ever sent or received a sext, you're not alone. That number may even be higher now, as the study came out just as Snapchat, then an ephemeral multimedia messaging platform built around disappearing photos and video, was taking off. This is a judgment-free zone. If you want to send a nude and have a willing participant , then send a nude.
REVENGE porn is one of the UK's newest crimes as cops and politicians look to clamp down on a growing trend of ex-partners humiliating their former lovers. The consequences of Revenge Porn can be devastating but people are often unaware of the risks or what they should do if they become a victim. Hard-hitting posters have been launched in Scotland to highlight the dangers of sharing or threatening to share intimate images - with the warning they could face a prison sentence. Under new laws which will come into force offenders could be jailed for a number of years. Anyone can become a target of revenge porn but in the majority of cases the offender is known to the victim. Victim Support, an independent charity which provides help and information to victims of crime, say it is important for people targeted through explicit pictures not to suffer in silence. Revenge porn is a violation of privacy and people who have been targeted often feel humiliated, angry or depressed. If you do report the crime to police it is important, where possible, to take screenshots of any social media posts or messages.