In 2022, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner has received more than a thousand reports of image based abuse (IBA), an increase from six hundred cases reported in 2021. More than half of the reports in 2022 are from people aged between thirteen to twenty-four years old, which is almost double from last year.
IBA happens when an intimate image or video is shared without the consent of the person pictured. This includes images or videos that have been digitally altered (using Photoshop or specialised software). IBA also includes the threat of an intimate image being shared, without the image itself being circulated. Both forms of IBA are often used as a weapon against people on social media apps.
If you find your daughter/child’s image has been shared online, it is important to remember the below key steps:
If you are concerned about your daughter/child’s physical safety, contact your local police. When you have taken your screenshots and reported what has happened, encourage your daughter/child to block the other person’s account to stop them communicating with your daughter/child.
In response to the increased reporting of the crime, a campaign called ‘SCROLL’ has recently been launched by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. It is aimed at educating adolescents in particular, on how to respond to online abuse.
If your daughter/child, or someone you know has been the victim of IBA, please contact me or a member of the Wellbeing Team to help you navigate next steps.