Once something hits the internet it becomes virtually impossible for it to be deleted. This is dangerous on its own but it has taken on a new life in the form of a crime still unheard of by some, that being the crime of sextortion. According to a press release from the office of the Attorney General, sextortion “is a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private, sensitive material if you don’t provide sexual images, favors, or money. Generally, the perpetrator may threaten you or your loved ones unless you comply with their demands. Sextortion has serious and devastating effects on young victims and unfortunately isn’t uncommon with our technological world and various social media platforms where predators and perpetrators lurk.” Here are some pieces of advice that the public needs to keep in mind. Never send any kind of compromising images of yourself to anyone! Ever! Even if you trust a person, it is very easy for images to be shared or stolen. Try to turn off your electronic devices and web cameras that are not being used. Always remember that the minute you receive any type of a sextortion threat, contact law enforcement or tell an adult.

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