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How To Know If You’re A Target Of Sextortion – And What You Can Do About It

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The following post is written by Stacy Jeleniewski, PhD, Senior Research Specialist at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Since 1984, NCMEC has served as the national clearinghouse and resource center for families, victims, private organizations, law enforcement and the public on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Read More

Teens and Sextortion: What Online Safety Teams Want You to Know

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Safety teams at social media companies are working hard to ensure that you know the options when it comes to your online experience. Not only can they point you to tools to help you report abusive content, they can also suggest proactive steps you can take to protect your online persona. As part of Thorn’s Stop Sextortion campaign, Public Policy representatives from Thorn partner companies – Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety at Facebook and Patricia Cartes, Head of Global Trust & Safety Outreach at Twitter — collaborated to provide you with their top tips on how to safeguard against, and respond to, sextortion. Read More

Sextortion: I Want People to Remember My Story

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The following post is written by Ashley Reynolds. She has spoken about her story in several states and was invited by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help spread the word about sextortion. In May of 2016, Ashley was honored in Washington, D.C. and was presented with the ‘Courage Award’ by Beau Biden. Read More

How to Stay Safe on Kik

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Safety Teams at your favorite platforms work hard to ensure that you and your content are protected. The following post was written by the safety team at Kik to provide you with their top tips on staying safe online.

At Kik, we take online safety very seriously. We believe that our users need to feel safe and respected when they use our services, and we’re continuously assessing and improving our trust and safety measures. Read More

Social Media + Sextortion: What Kids and Parents Need to Know

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Carrie Goldberg is a victims’ rights’ attorney in Brooklyn who represents targets of stalking, sexual assault, and blackmail – online and off. She contributed to the 2016 Brookings Institution report on sextortion and the Interstate Sextortion Prevention Act introduced to Congress by Rep. Katherine Clark and Susan Brooks. She has co-authored this blog with her colleague, Carla Cain-Walther. Read More

Teens play an active role in their own online safety, new Microsoft research shows

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The following post was written by Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft.

It’s fundamental that each of us plays a critical role in our own online safety, and young people and teens are no exception. Adults could take a cue from teens in this area, however, as teenagers are more likely to act in response to online risk, defend others and ask for help, according to preliminary results of a new Microsoft study. Read More

How to Support a Friend Experiencing Sextortion

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The following post is written by the team at That’s Not Cool, an initiative from Futures Without Violence dedicated to preventing teen dating violence and digital dating abuse, and working to build healthy teen relationships online.

It’s never easy when a friend is going through a tough time, but when the situation at hand involves sextortion, taking care of them and yourself is especially challenging. Read More

Sextortion in Schools: Advice for Educators

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The following post is written by Kimberly Casey, Director of Prevention at Love146. For 15 years, Love146 has been helping grow the movement to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention education.

When we ask students to name the trusted adults in their lives, they regularly list you — their teachers, school counselors, and other adults they encounter during the school day. Read More

From A Hot Moment to A Cool Calm

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The following post is written by the team at Crisis Text Line, who provides free, 24/7 support to those in crisis. Their trained Crisis Counselors volunteer to provide active listening and collaborative problem-solving.

“From a hot moment to a cool calm” – that’s how Crisis Text Line describes the goal of each conversation we have with a person in crisis. But what does that mean, exactly? And what does that look like for a person dealing with sextortion? Read More