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What to do if your intimate content has been shared without your consent

If you’re reading this because you’ve had your intimate images shared online without your consent and you are struggling to get them removed or don’t know how to report it, we can help. 

If you feel at all uncomfortable with contacting the website yourself, get in touch with us and we will do this on your behalf. All you need to provide us with is the direct URL links to where the images/videos have been shared and we'll do the rest. We can never guarantee removals, but we do have a pretty good track record. 

We can also use image reverse search tools to search for the content elsewhere online, everything we find we can report on your behalf, and of course, keep you updated on our progress.

We recognise that the non-consensual sharing of your intimate images is an incredibly violating experience. We believe that it is important for victims to have full autonomy of their images and can make an informed choice if they would like us to do any additional searches. We recognise that these are your images, and it is your right to choose. 
It is also important for us to ask some additional questions. As it is illegal for us to view sexual content of someone who is under the age of 18, we need to confirm that you were 18+ when the photographs or videos were taken.

If you are under 18, or the images were taken when you were under 18, you can find more guidance here.    

We use facial-recognition software to help us locate content that has been shared online. This works by trawling the internet for visual likenesses of a face. It will then provide us with a direct link to where the image can be found. If you feel that you have had intimate content shared online, you can send us a photo of your face or a selfie, and we can perform a search on your behalf. 

It is important to recognise that facial recognition software is not a perfect science and we can never guarantee that all images will be found. However, we do know that we have a strong return rate with the searches that we do. 

Searching for additional content, whatever the results, can be a big step, and we would always recommend that you do not go through this on your own. You can find a range of different support organisations in the emotional support section on our website.

Remember, Help is out there. You are not alone. 

It can sometimes be challenging to locate a reporting route or find the site's contact details when reporting your intimate content. In this instance, you may wish to make a report directly to the hosting provider of that particular site.

Hosting providers are online services that enable you to publish your website or web application on the Internet. The hosting providers' services will vary, but usually, their services include website design, host storage space, and Internet connectivity

Report Harmful Content lists commonly used websites that you could use to find the website hosting providers. Once you have found one, you will need to enter the website's domain name, and the search will provide you with information about who is hosting the site, including a contact email address to report abuse to.  

It is important to note that requesting content removal from the Hosting provider is not guaranteed. Hosting providers do not have control of governing the content of their hosted sites, nor do they have permission to remove content from websites. However, they are likely to have more direct contact with the website's authors and will be able to pass on any requests. 

DIY reporting

If you live outside the UK or you would prefer to report your content yourself, you can find some content takedown forms below, these are the sites where we see the most content being shared. 

Most sites will have a route to report content for removal. Look for a heading at the top called 'support' or in the footer of the website called ‘content removal’ or ‘contact us’; they should give an email address or have a contact form.

Top tips for reporting:

  • Sometimes, sites ask you to provide a copy of your passport or driving licence, or a photograph of yourself holding this ID. We strongly advise that you do not do this.
  • Use a burner email address
  • Use the reports for 'report inappropriate content'.
  • Use private browsing mode on your device when making reports (E.g. Incognito)   
  • Provide a direct URL link to where the images have been shared. If there are multiple images on the page of other people, also provide a direct image address link to the image you wish to report. 
  • Be clear, concise, and polite in your message, they don't need to know the full story. Here is an example of what you can say:

"Hi, my intimate images have been shared on your site without my consent. This is against the law in the UK and I am requesting the images/videos to be removed along with any associated thumbnails. I would appreciate prompt removal of the content and notification when this has been done. Thank you"'.

Find contact forms here

You can find contact forms for the following adult sites below, please note that these do take you to pages on their sites which contain adult content. 

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