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Sextorso: campaign helps blackmail victims with intimate photos | Privacy

SaferNet Brasil launched this Tuesday (15th) the campaign "Sextorso: not your fault". Formed by the terms "sex" and "extortion", the word defines the practice of blackmailing someone under threat of disclosing intimate photos. The objective is to alert young people, parents and educators to this criminal practice and, above all, to provide resources that guarantee support to the victims.

The venture was originally created by Thorn, an American non-governmental organization, and is supported by Facebook and Twitter. In Brazil, the launch date coincides with the week of the National Day to Combat Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, which occurs on May 18th.

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Safernet and Thorn launch campaign against 'sextorso', blackmail with intimate photos Photo: Melissa Cruz Cossetti / TechTudoSafernet and Thorn launch campaign against 'sextorso', blackmail with intimate photos Photo: Melissa Cruz Cossetti / TechTudo

Safernet and Thorn launch campaign against 'sextorso', blackmail with intimate photos Photo: Melissa Cruz Cossetti / TechTudo

Those who perform sextorso usually force the victim to attend a face-to-face meeting or even send nudes over the Internet. It is worth remembering that, many times, criminals do not actually have the alleged images, but bluff to achieve their goal, especially with minors. "The victims are very afraid to tell what they are suffering because they think they will be blamed and judged, especially by adults," says the director of education at SaferNet Brasil, Rodrigo Nejm.

The entity's data indicates an increase in the incidence of this type of crime. In 2007, only five sextorso victims sought SaferNet. Last year, the number reached 289 people. Also according to the organization, the most common targets are girls and women, which correspond to 69% of the cases served on the telephone help channel, which is free and operates 24 hours a day.

In addition to the technical center, which has specialized listening and allows speaking anonymously, the campaign has a website aimed at young people and other support materials. Among them are a video, narrated by the actress and singer Clarice Falco; images memes to share over the Internet; and resources for parents, educators and caregivers. The project can also be followed by the hashtags #NoSuaCulpa, #TamoJunto and #PareSextorso.

"What I would say to a person who is going through this situation do not be ashamed, because from the moment you are not ashamed, your attacker loses all power. And for those who know someone who is going through this, talk to that person and says she can count on you for whatever comes and goes, "adds Clarice Falco, campaign spokesperson.

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