Finding out that you are the victim of a child pornography offense is not easy. In most cases, the offender is someone in your vicinity, someone you know and trust. It can be a relative, family friend, partner, friend, or parent.
If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, contact BRIS so that they can help you figure out the situation. You can be anonymous. You might not want to tell anyone because the offender is someone close to you. This is okay, and very common. The most important thing is that you do not deal with this alone.
Advice You can remove the private images that have been spread
The Cyber Hate Assistant has a guide on what to do when pictures have been spread. When you have located the image, you have to contact the administrator of the page so that they remove the image. If it feels uncomfortable to search for your own private pictures, as someone to do it for you.
If you see or discover nude pictures of people under the age of 18
A child pornography offense can also be when someone obtains a pornographic image of a person under the age of 18 and spreads it. If you see that a pornographic image of someone under the age of 18 is being spread, it is important that you report this to both the administrator of the site and to the police. It is also important to tell the person in the picture about this.
According to the police, a child pornography crime includes:
- Showing people under 18 years old in pornographic pictures.
- Making pornographic pictures of someone under 18 years old available to other people by sharing, transferring, uploading, or showing the pictures.
- Obtaining a pornographic picture of a person under 18 years old.
- Looking at or having pornographic pictures of someone under 18 years old.
- Arranging contacts between buyers and sellers of pornographic images of people under 18 years old, or doing something else that leads to the trading of such images.
Advice It is illegal to spread nude pictures of people under the age of 18
If the material is of people under the age of 18, it is a crime to share or download the material because it is seen as child pornography. Gather digital evidence of everyone who has shared the picture(s) - they are all accomplices!
Not committing this crime
Even if someone sends a nude picture of someone under 18 years old at school for example, it is a crime—to look at the picture, but also to spread it— even if you did not start it.
Always report this to the school and the police, or let the person in the pictures know that this has happened. It is a form of abuse and is illegal!
Advice Schools have the responsibility to investigate, even on the internet!
Report directly to the school and contact your guardians. Even if they think it is bullying, it can be harassment according to the law. Make sure you get the right support and investigation.
Advice If someone threatens to spread private material about you – contact the police!
Advice Sexual harassment and sexual abuse, find support and help
Being the victim of abuse is never your fault. You can never have said, hinted at, or shown yourself in any way that gives another person the right to abuse you. Even if you are in a relationship with the person or you know them, it is still a crime and you have the right to protection and help.
Chapter 16 § 10a Swedish Penal Code