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Sharing Nudes & Semi-Nudes

Whether you call these images ‘nudes’, ‘pics’, or something else, it will refer to sending or posting sexual images, videos, or livestreams online.

This could be via text, email, social media and gaming platforms, chat apps or forums. Messages could be to a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone online, and they may include:

It is against the law for a person to take, distribute, possess, or publish nude images of someone under 18.  This means technically it is illegal for under 18s to share nude images of themselves or someone else who is under 18. 

However, the law is there to protect children from abuse, and police work under clear guidance that under 18s should not be criminalised for sending nude images of themselves unless the image has been created, shared or received without an individual’s consent or through coercion or threats. 

For example, if a young person’s nude is shared more widely by one or more other people, without their consent, the person in the image is the victim of a crime and would not be considered to have done anything wrong.

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Images sent...

Images sent

on sites like Snapchat can still be saved, screenshotted and shared without your permission

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Not everyone...

Not everyone

in a relationship will share nudes

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Sharing nudes...

Sharing nudes

should always be consensual. That means it’s not okay for someone to force or pressure you to send a nude

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Losing control...

Losing control

of images is a problem because once something is shared, it can be copied and saved by others without your permission. Having your nudes shared can feel scary, and it can leave you feeling worried or even ashamed, but it’s not your fault

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While it can...

While it can

be difficult to remove images online, it is possible and the sooner an image is reported the easier it is to remove

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If something goes wrong...

If something goes wrong

there’s support to help.

What to do if you’ve shared a nude

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

If someone or something is making you feel scared, threatened or distressed, report it to the police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Trusted Adults or Your GP

If you are worried or concerned about something, please make sure you speak to an adult you trust. If your situation becomes more difficult or unmanageable please contact your GP.

Report Remove Tool

If you want to report a nude image of you that’s been shared online.


If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online.

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline

For anyone over 16 who is experiencing domestic or sexual violence and abuse, you can call 0800 802 1414 for free and or visit the website.


If you are in distress or despair and need someone to talk to, you can call lifeline free on 0808 808 8000, or visit the website.


If you require help and support in confidence, you can call Childline free on 0800 1111, or visit the website.

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