Looking after yourself is really important to get to the other side of this; because there is another side to this.
We really do understand how stressful and violating the experience of having your intimate images shared (or threatened to be) can be and having support from those around you can help.
All the things you will be feeling is totally normal: anger, sadness, anxiety and stress.
We understand that the feelings can have a huge impact on your daily life; making concentrating on things such as work really difficult. It’s really important to remember that it is not your fault, and you have been a victim of a crime.
You're not alone and help is out there.
We hope that you are able to have people around you that can listen to what you’re going through, talking about your situation to others and having people there to talk to about your feelings is essential. These thoughts and feelings will change over time and it’s important that there are people there to be with you at each stage. If you are able to, you could also take time out to do the things you enjoy, the things that bring you the most happiness, and it really can be anything you want.
There are also support services that can be there for you, to offer you confidential advice and support. We understand the devastating impacts this can have; taking time off work, missing appointments and perhaps even breakdown of relationships. There are people out there, who can be at the end of the phone, text, email, or even face-to-face that can give you the best advice on how to move on, or just listen.
If you are finding it really difficult to cope with, please do get in touch with your GP who will be able to give you additional support if you need it.
We understand that for a lot of people this doesn’t just go away; the impacts of this can stay with you and we want to ensure that you have what you need around you for as long as you need it.