Indecent Images Reporting

Report any indecent images of children under 18 years old to CEOP

You can report indecent sexual content to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) here.

You can find information about tackling indecent pictures at the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) website.

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Indecent pictures

FACT: Once you send a picture, you have no control over what happens to it. Always think before sending 'Do I want people to see this image?'



This is where a person takes an indecent picture of themselves and sends it to someone else over a phone or computer. Even if the picture is sent to someone you know, you no-longer have control over what happens to your image. It could be sent to anyone. Another friend, family member or even a paedophile might end up with your picture!

Know the law

It is against the law to have any indecent image of an under 18 year old. This means sending or having an indecent image of an under 18 year old on your laptop or phone, even if they are your boyfriend or girlfriend, is breaking the law under the Sexual offences act of 2003. As well as breaking the law, you also have to think of the emotional damage that can be caused by sending indecent pictures of someone. The person in the image may not want their image to be shared and may be very upset and emotionally hurt by the sharing of the content. If you are worried about any pictures on the internet or you are sent any inappropriate images then you should report it to the Police or the Internet Watch Foundation as soon as possible.

Posting private sexual images:

It is generally not illegal to watch and share adult material, but sharing with the intent to cause harm is wrong.

Posting private photos online of a person without their permission can cause emotional distress. The UK government is currently considering whether to make the act of posting photos with the intent to cause distress illegal. This is to tackle the problem of 'revenge pornography' where a person may post a private image of a person to cause offence or to hurt them mentally. As well as this, there are already several laws currently in place to prevent private images being sent to cause harm.
They are :

The malicious communication act (1988) Which is aimed to tackle the sending of offensive or indecent information to cause distress.

The communications act (2003) Is to prevent grossly offensive or indecent material from being sent over a "Public electronic communications network"

If the incident or offences occur several times, then a harassment charge could also be enforced.
If the images are of someone under the age of 18, then the Protection of children act (1978) can be considered.

If a case is very serious, where someone uses images to receive sexual activity, the sexual offences act (2003) can be referred to.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim to 'revenge pornography' then you can report it to the Police here.