If you or someone you know is currently in danger from cyberbullying, harassment, or stalking, call 911 your local law enforcement officials. DON’T WAIT!

Threats of violence, child pornography, unauthorized sexually explicit messages or photos, or photos/videos taken in private places should always be reported immediately to your local law enforcement authority.

Contact the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Crisis Helpline at 844-878-CCRI (2274). Compassionate and cross-trained representatives can provide information, support, referrals, and non-legal advice. The toll-free CCRI Crisis Helpline is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and interpretation is available in most languages.

If you think you or someone you know is being targeted by Revenge Porn, first consider if you or the individual is in danger to determine if you should call 911 or your local law enforcement office immediately. If you are safe, we recommend that you follow our guidelines below and then proceed to our ReportRecover, and Reinforce sections for further assistance.

Some Immediate Action Steps to Take

  • Stop all communication with the harasser, it’s important to not respond.
  • Block the harasser from your phone, email, and/or social media accounts.
  • Seek support from a trusted friend, family member, or a professional counselor.
  • Keep a record of the dates, times, people involved and descriptions of when the incident occurred. You may need to provide this information when you file a report.
  • Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages as evidence.
  • Report the incidents, with the details, to the website company and/or cell phone service provider.
  • Understand the Revenge Porn Laws in your state.

Report the Issue to the Site or Platform Where the Images were Posted

Report

Reporting revenge porn is very important! You will help law enforcement track these types of incidents and help them decrease cybercrime. They can also provide you with useful information about what next steps to take and share your report with other law enforcement partners.

If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911. File a police report with your local law enforcement officials. Note that laws vary from state to state about Revenge Porn. Find the Revenge Porn Laws in your state. If the issue doesn’t place you in immediate danger, call the non-emergency number of your local law enforcement officials. State that you would like to make a report about revenge porn and cyber harassment. Local Law Enforcement officials will have varied procedures depending on where you live but be prepared to provide them with your personal information and details of the incident. Not sure if you need to contact law enforcement; if you or your child has received or experienced one of the following take action and contact law enforcement immediately:

  • Threats of violence or bodily harm.
  • Sexually explicit messages or photos, or child pornography.
  • Stalking or hate crimes.
  • Pictures of yourself or child in a place where you should expect privacy, such as your home.

Recover

These resources have been gathered, selected and vetted to help you recover. You may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.

Find help at the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

What to do if you’re the target of revenge porn from the Federal Trade Commission

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

If you are an LGBTQ individual being bullied because of your sexuality contact The Trevor Project at 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386).

For stalking and hate crimes, visit the Victim Connect Helpline for information and referrals or call 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846).

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) national toll-free hotline:1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678)

The National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 SMS/TEXT: 233733 (Text “HELP ” or “INFO “)

Help protect yourself now and in the future

  • Don’t share naked pictures with others.
  • Keep passwords private.
  • If necessary, change and create a new, strong password for your account. Learn how from ConnectSafely.org.
  • If available, always enable a two-step/factor verification – which requires an additional code to log in.
  • Set up privacy settings on your accounts to control who sees your information.
  • Use caution with unsecured Wi-Fi connections.
  • Discontinue online communications with anyone who is rude, harassing or abusive.
  • Don’t share too much personal info on social media.
  • Talk to a trusted family member or friend about any harassing messages you receive or things you see online that make you sad or scared.