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Abuse Using Technology

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Updated: 
August 24, 2016

How can an abuser use images to harass and harm me?

An abuser could use nude or sexual images of you as a way to gain and keep power and control over you. S/he may do this by sharing, without your permission, with others an intimate image that you sent during your relationship, by taking photos or videos of you without your consent, or by threatening to share images as a way to scare/ harass you or as a type of blackmail (to try to get you to do something you don’t want to do, for example). These actions can be part of a pattern of domestic abuse and/or harassment and there are laws that may protect you from this type of behavior.