Winnipeg, Canada – With support from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is launching a new campaign about how to respond to sextortion attempts, a crime that is reported to Cybertip.ca 10 times per day.
Sextortion is when someone uses your intimate image to blackmail you for money or more images. Sextorters are usually organized, relentless, and ruthless – and according to law enforcement around the globe, usually operate from countries such as Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, and the Philippines.
The campaign breaks down what a youth who has been sextorted should do next, and where they can go for help.
- Stop talking to the sextorter
- Screenshot the messages
- Block the sextorter
- Tell a safe adult what happened and go to NeedHelpNow.ca
“Reports of sextortion continue to climb and until we have government regulation holding tech companies accountable for the harm facilitated on their products, we have to arm children and their parents with as much information as we can,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of C3P.
“Our support services team has talked to thousands of children. We know these steps can help if you have been targeted by a sextorter.”
For more information about sextortion and how to access support, visit NeedHelpNow.ca.