Everything Offenders Don’t Want You to Know About Sextortion and Other Forms of Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Course Description

As the world becomes more digitally connected, a single offender can now commit multiple, virtual sexual assaults without ever leaving home.  Sextortion – the use of coercion to compel a victim to engage in some form of sexual conduct – has been steadily increasing over the years, and sometimes involves international actors and financial components. Other forms of image-based sexual abuse (such as “revenge porn” or non-consensual image sharing) can prove equally devastating to its victims, no matter their age.  This presentation will address different forms of image-based victimization and its impact on survivors.  We will discuss investigation and prosecution processes, including victim interviewing and evidence gathering, protecting victims during the court process, and addressing victim needs for physical safety and their mental health. Finally, we will discuss the need for parental education and community involvement to support survivors.

Learning Objectives

1. Recognize the different scenarios in which sextortion and other forms of image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) might occur.

2. Identify potential criminal charging options and obstacles to prosecution.

3. Develop areas of inquiry for the victim in an interview.

4. Protect victim privacy interests during the gathering of evidence and the court process, Support sextortion survivors by addressing needs for safety and mental health support

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