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.