Sexting is the sending of provocative or sexual photos, messages or videos. They are usually sent by mobile phone but they can also be posted online. It's important to know that sexting can have serious social and legal consequences for people under the age of 18.
Image-based abuse is when someone takes or shares a nude or sexual image of someone else without their consent or permission. This includes threatening to share images with other people–such as friends, family or workmates–or on social media. Both of these are illegal in Queensland.
Image-based abuse includes:
- taking a nude or sexual image of someone without their permission
- sharing or posting a nude or sexual image of someone online without their permission
- photoshopping someone’s photo on to a sexually explicit image
- secretly filming someone having consensual sex or being sexually assaulted
- taking photos down a woman’s shirt or up her skirt without her permission
- threatening to share nude or sexual images of someone (even if those images don’t actually exist).
You can find out more on the eSafety Commissioner website which provides information for anyone in Australia who has experienced image-based abuse by providing reporting options, support and resources for victims, their family and friends, and bystanders.
How to report it
- Find out how to report image-based abuse to the eSafety Commissioner, who can help with the removal of intimate images or videos and, in some cases, take action against the person who shared intimate images or videos without your consent.
- For help with image-based abuse complete their online report form.
Where to get support
If you’re experiencing depression or anxiety caused by sexting or image-based abuse, please contact the below services that can listen to you and provide you with options for support. You might also want to tell your parents or a trusted friend or relative what’s going on so they can support you.
Find out more
- Sexting information on the eSafety Commissioner website
- Image-based abuse information on the eSafety Commissioner website
- How to protect yourself online
- About sexual abuse and assault
- Get help for sexual abuse and assault