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My Ex is Blackmailing me with my Intimate Pictures

Hello Birdy,

I am worried about some very revealing pictures I sent my ex-boyfriend. I dumped him, and he said he would send them out to his friends and post them online if I didn't get back to him. He has given me three days to come back to him with an answer. David

Hi David,

I'm really sorry to hear that you're going through this difficult situation. Dealing with threats like this can be incredibly distressing, but it's important to remember that you have options.

First and foremost, don't give in to blackmail. It's crucial not to let someone else control your decisions or actions through fear. Instead, consider taking the following steps:

Talk to someone you trust: Reach out to a close friend, family member, or counselor for support and guidance. It's essential to have someone in your corner during challenging times.

Document the threats: Save any evidence of your ex-boyfriend's threats, such as messages or screenshots. This documentation might be useful if you need to involve authorities later.

Report to authorities: In many places, threatening to share explicit images without consent is illegal and considered revenge porn. If you feel unsafe or overwhelmed, consider contacting your local authorities to report the threats.

Block and delete: Cut off all communication with your ex-boyfriend. Block him on social media and other platforms to limit his access to you.

Seek legal advice: If the situation escalates, consult with a lawyer to understand your rights and potential legal actions you can take.

Reach out to support organizations: There are organizations that specialize in dealing with revenge porn and online harassment. They can offer guidance and support during this difficult time.

Remember, you are not alone in this, and it's crucial to prioritize your safety and well-being. Surround yourself with supportive people and seek professional advice if needed.

Stay strong, David. You'll get through this.

Wishing you the best, Birdy

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