Ben, BWS and the Backpacker

Series 1: A Naked Conversation with Ben*

Whether your nudes are leaked through cyber hacking, revenge porn or the shameless gloating of a sexual partner – nothing can prepare you for the shock of an intimate photo of yourself being shared across the internet.

Experts say there are five love languages, but since the invention of smartphones, you we can now add a sixth: sexting. But what happens if you aren’t sexting someone you can trust… but rather, a stranger that you just met at a nightclub?

Violet had a bare conversation with Ben, 21 about the traumatic experience of being sent his own nude image by a stranger.

VW: What happened after he shared your Snapchat username?

VW: How did you feel after you received this message?

VW: If at all, aside from feeling scared about future implications – how did the feeling of shame come to play at this moment?

VW: After this experience, are you going to stop sending intimate photos of yourself? What have you learnt?

VW: As a young person, why is sexting such an important aspect of embracing your sexuality?

Join our naked conversation by commenting below or sharing your story using #bareitall. Remember, Snapchat filters are a great way to disguise your identity if you want to remain anonymous. Click here for our cheat sheet on how to navigate laws and regulations when sexting. Be safe x

* Ben has chosen not to use his full name for this series.

If you find yourself in a similar situation to Ben and need support, Lifeline offers 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services. Phone 13 11 14 or click here.

— For more information on how to remove your images from Google, click here.

— For a detailed online removal guide, visit the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative.

Author: Violet W

Violet excels at watching reality TV, eating sushi and pouring siracha over everything!

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