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Sent picture of private part

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some grown up online who’s 33 years old told me to send my private part picture and I sent it and now I’m embarrassed I don’t know what to do

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Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex.
 
First of all, we want to thank you for reaching out and sharing what’s happened. It takes a lot of courage to do that, and it’s a big first step toward getting the help you need. We’re really sorry that you’re feeling embarrassed and upset about this situation. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there are steps you can take to address this.
 
What you’ve described is really serious. When an adult, especially one as old as 33, asks for or receives private images from a young person, it’s not only inappropriate, but it’s also illegal. The first thing you should do is tell a parent or another trusted adult about what’s happened. They can offer support and help you report this to the authorities. In Ireland, you should report this to An Garda Síochána immediately. They have special units that deal with situations like this and can help protect you.
 
If your image has been shared online, it’s crucial to act quickly. Take screenshots of where the image has been posted and report it to the platform it was shared on. Many social media sites and online platforms have policies against this kind of content and can help remove it. You can also get support from www.hotline.ie, which is a resource dedicated to helping get images like yours taken down.
 
For further advice and information, visit www.webwise.ie. They provide excellent resources on how to stay safe online and what to do if things go wrong. Remember, this is not your fault, and there are people and services ready to help you through this.
 
Lastly, you can always contact us at Childline. You can reach us by freephone at 1800 66 66 66 or by Messenger at www.childline.ie (just click on the purple chat icon). We are confidential, non-judgmental, and available 24/7. We’re here to support you, for any reason, at any time.
 
Take care of yourself and reach out for the support you deserve without delay,
Alex

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