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Revenge Porn On The Rise In Oz

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Revenge Porn On The Rise In Oz

 Image: Department of Justice / Office of eSafety

More Aussies are becoming victims of revenge porn with authorities saying they've had more than 350 complaints in just six months!

A special crack team of eight investigators are now permanently set up in Sydney to tackle the growing number of online cases.

They say it's mostly men and teen boys who are perpetrators but a small number of women are also targeting men.

Facebook is jumping into action to prevent it from happening, releasing a new photo matching software tool, to make it easier for users to report.

One victim who came forward was a 17-year old Aussie girl who said naked images of her were released but she only found out about it three years later.

Other victims are from Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and New South Wales and at least seven cases have been referred by police in Victoria and NSW.

The Office of eSafety says those posting revenge porn are either motivated to cause harm or hurt to those seen in the images or they are motivated by sexual desires and disseminating candid porn.

So, what should you look out for and what can you do if you think you are the victim of revenge porn?

 1. Make a complaint with the URL to the eSafety commission. This can be anonymous.

 2. Secure your social media accounts.

 3. Make sure only people you know have access.

 4. Think about the consequences of sharing intimate images of yourself with others, even with people you trust.

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