Sharing other people’s nudes without their consent is a sure sign that someone’s being a full-blown Nick. It’s a total Dick Nick move - and it can be against the law. That’s right, being a total Nick can actually be illegal in New Zealand.
Sharing someone’s nudes without their consent (or even threatening to!) can be a crime in New Zealand. People can actually go to jail or be fined for it – not to mention that it’s just a total Dick Nick thing to do to someone.
What if the person willingly sent the nude of themselves in the first place? Actually, it doesn't matter. If you send a nude to someone that is meant for their eyes only and they share it, it's still not OK and can still be a crime.
Sometimes it can be hard to know how to call out a friend, so if you see your friend being a total Nick in the group chat (or anywhere else) here’s some ideas about what you can do.
Is your friend a TOTAL Nick?
What to do if your friend is being a Nick
Help! I've been a Nick
If you’ve share someone’s nudes without consent, here are a few things you can do:
Netsafe isn’t here to punish people – we’re here to help. If you’ve shared nudes without consent, we will help you to get them removed so the person in the nudes is less affected. We can also give you advice and answer any questions you have.
You can text us for free by texting ‘Netsafe’ to 4282. You can also call us toll-free on 0508 NETSAFE or email email@example.com.
Someone shared my nudes
Having your nudes shared without your consent can be a really hard thing to deal with. The first thing to know is that you’re not to blame. You can contact Netsafe for help. We can explain the options you have to deal with it, help you get the nudes removed, and talk to you about the NZ law. Our helpline is free and confidential, and we’re open seven days a week.
It’s true that once you send nudes to someone it can be difficult to control what happens to them. It’s also true that if nudes are shared by someone without consent, it’s never the fault of the person in the nudes – the responsibility is 100% with the person being a total Nick.
The fictional characters in the Don't be a Nick campaign are meant to be an interesting way to draw attention to the issue of sharing nudes without consent. Please don't use the campaign to harass anyone named Nick - even if they are a mate. If you're a Nick (or anyone else) and you're getting unwanted messages or contact online, you can ask us for advice.