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My ex is threatening to share intimate images of me

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I had a sexual relationship with my friend and it was secret. She was abusive and manipulative so i cut it off, however she’s threatening to share intimate images of me and one time she videod me during it without consent and wouldn’t delete it when i asked. i dont want to take her to court but i want a restraining order. If i tell the guards will i charged for sending images because we’re both under 17?


Hi there, you are very welcome to Ask Alex,

We are really sorry to hear that you’re going through such a challenging situation. It’s important to prioritise your safety and well-being. If you’re facing threats or coercion, consider talking to a trusted adult, like a teacher, school counsellor, or a family member. They can provide direct support and guidance.

As we are not a legal professional body, we wouldn’t be able to say for sure that you would or could be charged for sharing or having intimate images of somebody under the age of 18 on a device (including images of yourself). However, in Ireland, if you are facing issues like this, you can contact, which is a service for reporting illegal content online, especially child sexual abuse material (pictures or videos of persons under the age of 18) confidentially. You can also contact the Garda Confidential Line for advice or support at 1800 666 111 if you did not want to go to a Garda Station in person.

If you would like to reach out and talk to us some more, our Childline Team are here to help and support you too. We do not judge, and we can explore your options with you. You can contact us any time of the day or night, the Childline Listening service never closes, we are here for you 24/7/365. Our free-phone number is 1800 66 66 66 or you can use Live Chat on our website You may also like to read this article on the Childline website

Remember, you have the right to help, and there are resources available to support you. Reach out to, talk to a trusted adult, or contact organisations that specialise in helping young people like Childline. You are never alone, and there are people who genuinely care about your well-being.

Take care of yourself and know you do not have to go through this tough time by yourself. We are here for you,


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