General Recommendations

Although online platforms increasingly offer tools to combat this kind of gender violence, they not always offer an ideal solution. As a general recommendation, if a platform has no specific tool to report the non-consensual sharing of intimate material, there are three paths you can follow:

Report pornography or nudity.
Most platforms don’t allow this kind of content. Unfortunately, this is a conservative solution because no one should be against it if it has been made within legal frameworks and with the consent of the involved along all steps.

Report a privacy violation.
Most platforms also provide tools in case your personal data is disclosed without your consent.

Report copyrights violation.
Hollywood’s big copyright lobby forces all online platforms to provide specific forms to report copyright violation. Acoso.Online doesn’t explore this possibility, but if you have the authorship of the video or image you may also use this tool to report the case.

As you will see, some tools may be a little confusing and don’t give any time guarantees to process the cases – which are sometimes so complex that the available solutions are not enough. Therefore, in this section you will find the most clear and honest information about the reporting possibilities offered by the most popular platforms.

How to keep evidence

The immediate reaction is trying to remove, through all means, any intimate content published without your consent on any platform. This is perfectly understandable. However, both platforms and the judicial system will ask you to provide evidence of the case, so it’s important to keep it. For this reason, before you take any action, read the following recommendations.

1. Keep evidence before you delete the material
– Make screenshots from the websites where the material appears. Make sure you get the whole page, including the URL. You can keep these screenshots in PDF format.

– If the content is a video, download it and save it in a hard drive.

– If you have text or e-mail messages that may be relevant, please make screenshots and keep them.

– Make sure the screenshots show the day, hour and any other data that may serve identification purposes. If it’s a group chat, for example, take not only a screenshot of the photo or video, but also of the members of the group.

– Think of all evidences that, besides the intimate material on the platform, may be relevant to the case, for example, threatening emails or text messages. Keep a copy of everything.

2. Support the evidences.
– It’s important that you keep evidence safely; you must avoid it to fall into the hands of unauthorized third parties.

– Organize the evidences in a folder. A good method is to organize them by the day in which the material appeared, for example. But you may create a system that makes sense to you and that helps you find the evidences easily.

– We recommend you to keep all evidence in a digital folder and also to have a printed copy somewhere.

– Even if you keep all the evidence in an organised way, it’s possible that, as time passes, the facts get confusing. Because of that, organizations like “Without My Consent” recommend you to make an evidence chart and organize important information there. Here you can obtain a copy of the chart.