Sextortion: what is it and how to mitigate it


Sextortion — it’s a concept similar to sexting, but it doesn’t have quite the same meaning. And that’s because unlike sexting, sextortion is more sinister in nature.

In fact, according to the Cyberbully Research Centre, sextortion involves a party threatening another with the distribution of explicit, intimate or embarrassing images that are sexual in nature and without consent.

The biggest issue of sextortion, however, is that it occurs so the threatening party can receive more images, sexual acts, or even money.

To break it down, sextortion is a combination of sex and extortion — and it is a crime under Australian law.


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