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Surviving Sextortion / Sexual Photo Blackmail

A SCARS™ Guide

Sextortion Uses Explicit Photos Taken From The Victim

Sextortion uses explicit photos either provided willingly or by other means (such as hacking) to use them against the victim

What is Sextortion? Click Here to see an official FBI Video introduction

SEXTORTION COMES IN TWO FLAVORS:
COERCION OR MONETARY BLACKMAIL

Sextortion As Coercion

Sextortion can be a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual or other favors from the victim. Sextortion (on Wikipedia) refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion.

Sextortion As Blackmail

Sextortion also refers to a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort money from the victim. Social media and text messages are often the source of the sexual material and the threatened means of sharing it with others. An example of this type of sextortion is where people are extorted with a nude image of themselves they shared on the Internet through sexting. They are later blackmailed for money or something of monetary value.

Sextortion Can Be Used By Romance Scammers

After a basic romance scam is completed by the victims discovering the truth or when they stop paying, the scammers frequently will turn to sextortion as a means of obtaining more money. Most romance scammer