SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah mother is speaking out about the disturbing trend called Sextortion, where people online use personal pictures to blackmail victims.
Cindy George’s 21-year old son Jake Curtis died by suicide after becoming a victim of one such scam.
He was a month away from graduating from Utah Valley University. He wanted to be a teacher like his mom, but all that changed when he met a girl on Facebook in October 2015.
via Utah mother shares experience of son who died by suicide after ‘sextortion’ scam | fox13now.com
“People need to understand they should only share pictures online that they are happy with their friends, family and others seeing. They also need to know how to keep their personal information private and to contact an adult if they feel threatened.
“Where a child or young person under 18 has been the victim of online child sexual abuse including ‘sextortion’, avenues to report concerns include parents / carers, guidance teachers, Police and Social work however, importantly when online they can connect to CEOP (www.ceop.police.uk) where they can make a report and have contact with a child protection advisor who can talk them through what they have experienced/are experiencing and help them to make a plan around their safety.”
via Police Scotland are warning men not to become the victims of online ‘sextortion’ (From Cumnock Chronicle)
Sextortion victim’s testimony helps put predator away for 38 years
Caught in a massive sexploitation scheme when he was 15,
a former Eau Claire man closed the doors on a 4½-year ordeal by testifying against the perpetrator at a sentencing hearing
via Sextortion victim’s testimony helps put predator away for 38 years – Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Last month, the documentary Audrie & Daisy arrived on Netflix. It tells the story of the sexual assault of two teenage girls, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. While each girl has a unique story, they share a common experience in the stigma, shame, and harassment they receive in response to their assault and the role technology plays in each of their stories.
via Audrie & Daisy: Stop the Shame of Sextortion and Sexual Assault – thorn
The House of Commons Standing committee on the Status of Women heard emotional testimony from the mothers of cyberbullying victims Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons Monday evening as it continues to study violence against young women and girls in Canada.
The two women recounted the personal toll of their daughters’ ordeals as the targets of cyberbulling, which makes old-fashioned playground bullying look like child’s play.
via MPs hear from mothers of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd
TORONTO – Canadian cases of online sex-related extortion — “sextortion” — against children are increasing, following trends in the United States.
U.S. federal officials and advocates are urging educators and parents to help raise awareness at school events.
In sextortion cases, preying adults typically pose on social media as someone younger to coerce victims into sending inappropriate photos or video clips. Once initial images are delivered, the adult threatens to expose them publicly unless the victim sends more explicit pictures.
Amanda Todd, of Port Coquitlam, B.C., took her own life after an online tormentor posted pictures of her flashing her breasts.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection suggests parents have conversations with youth about risks associated with the Internet: (click link to read more)
via Sextortion of children on the rise | Canada | News | Toronto Sun
Federal officials and advocates say online sex-related extortion against children is growing, and they are urging educators and parents to help raise awareness at back-to-school events.
They say they see a rise in so-called sextortion, which often involves adults posing as someone younger on social media to get minors to send them inappropriate photos or video. Offenders typically threaten to post the images they obtain – or send them to others – unless they are sent more explicit images.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article102824667.html#storylink=cpy
via Online ‘sextortion’ against children on the rise | The Star-Telegram
There is a growing number of reports of sextortion across the country, according to the FBI and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Sextortion happens when a person uses coercion to get sexual images, videos, money, or even sex from a victim. Many times, the targets are pre-teens and teens, and they’re not always girls– boys can be victims, as well.
via Feds: Sextortion reports on rise