A story about sharing underage nudes.

Lucie finds herself in an awkward position when she receives an explicit message being sent around. She doesn’t want to get her friend in trouble but also is unsure what to do.

“I am on my phone all the time; mum says it’s like its glued to my hand! I even got a detention the other day because I kept checking snapchat, anyway me and my mates always send each other screen shots of people online. I know its not nice because I wouldn’t like people to do that with my snapchat stories or Tik Tok posts.

I know they’d be upset if they knew what we were doing but its not like they are going to find out, I would be mortified if they did.

Anyway, I think my best mate has taken it too far- she got sent this nude by a guy she barely knows and she sent it to me- I think I know the girl in the picture she goes to a different school, but I follow her on Tik Tok. 

I know this is wrong and its not just banter but what do I do? I don’t want to get my friend in trouble, but I think this could be illegal.”

How Lucie can get help

Although this may seem like something that could happen to anyone it is against the law to take, possess (have on your device or computer) or send a nude or semi-nude if the person in the picture is under 18. If you are caught sending, receiving, or creating such images you can be prosecuted as a sex offender.” 

  • the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (England and Wales) defines a child, for the purposes of indecent images, as anyone under the age of 18 (gov.com)

https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/relationships/sexting/sexting-just-the-facts/

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_18/lets-talk-about/nudes/

Do you need help?

  • Humberside Police

    Humberside Police – If you have concerns about someone’s wellbeing, please report to the police on 101 or dial 999 if it’s an emergency.

  • ceop

    CEOP – If you’re worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, if you have been a victim or are worried this is happening to someone you know, this can be reported safely and securely to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) through their experienced Child Protection Advisors.

  • Crimestoppers

    Crimestoppers – reports can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Childline

    Childline – if you have any worries about a child or young person. Call free on 0800 1111, or have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email via their website at www.childline.org.uk any time of the day or night.

  • NSPCC - 24/7

    NSPCC – 24/7 line for for adults and young people to express concerns they may have in relation to child sexual exploitation (CSE), 0800 389 1701
    NSPCC – 24/7 adult helpline covering all child protection issues, 0808 800 5000

  • Fearless.org

    Fearless.org – Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. What makes this site different is we also provide you with a safe place to give information to us about crime – 100% anonymously.

Or she can speak to a trusted adult such as a parent, grandparent, teacher, youth or social worker who can use this website to figure out how best to get help in this very dangerous situation.