Our cheat sheet for safe (and legal) sexting pracitces.
Disclaimer: This website contains mature content. Please do not read, listen or look at something that makes you uncomfortable.
We do not encourage any persons under the age of 18 to be taking or sharing nude photographs. If you need help or are suffering from image based abuse, please contact someone who can help or utilise our resource list below. Stay safe.
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P.S. If you are under 18 please do not take nude photos of yourself. This is illegal.
Despite our range of opinions on current sexting laws, regulations and policy in Australia, the reality is this is what we have to work with – at least for the time being.
To help you engage in safe (and legal) sexting we devised a cheat sheet, without legal jargon and full of important information. So please, if you are going to sext make sure you are informed and if you need help contact one of the many organisations listed below.
Remember that child pornogrpahy laws exist. Simply, child pornography is illegal. If you are found with a naked image of someone under the age of 18 on your phone it could get you in trouble. Similarly, if you are under the age of 18 taking a nude photo of yourself is also illegal.
The laws are different in each State and Territory so make sure you know what is OK and what isn’t.
2. What is an Intimate Image?
An Intimate Image according to most laws is an image that contains (1) a person’s genital area or anal area, OR (2) a person’s breasts, OR (3) private activity, OR (4) a person without attire of religious or cultural significance if they would normally wear such attire in public.
The sharing, or threat to share any of these type of images is illegal. The penalties vary across States and Territories in Australia. Make sure you’re informed and do not engage in any image based abuse.
3. How to Report Images Based Abuse (‘Revenge Porn’)
The eSafety Commission: Report the image here. This site contains all the information you need.
The Social Media Site: Report the image directly on the website or social media site it is posted on. Information on how you can do this, and your rights to have images removed, can be found here.
The Police: If you feel unsafe, go to the police. There are specially trained officers that can help you. More information is available here.
4. Important Resources
Find the eSafety Commissions fact sheet here.
Report Image Based Abuse here.
Read Think U Know’s sexting fact sheet here.
5. Talk to Someone
If you’re feeling unsafe or someone has shared an private image online, talk to someone you trust. If you’re too embarrassed and need help, the following organisations can help: