Revenge Porn is the common term used to describe the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. It’s a form of online sexual harassment and is an offence under the Harmful Digital Communications Act, as well as a potential offence under a number of other Acts.

The public sharing of explicit images online without a person’s consent has become one of the scourges of a digital society. Whilst action can be taken against revenge porn offenders – it’s not always possible to undo the harm it causes. Netsafe strongly urges New Zealand internet users to consider the risks that can come from the existence of intimate images or videos before producing them.

Revenge porn is also closely linked to sexploitation. This is when somebody uses the threat to release of intimate images or video to control and/or blackmail another person. Threatening to release intimate images is also an offence under the Act.

A fast response is critical to minimising the harm in these cases. We strongly recommend that anybody subjected to revenge porn, or the threat of revenge porn report it to Netsafe immediately.

Key facts

  • Even if the images were produced consensually, it is an offence to share them without consent.
  • If an image was shared with you, this does not mean you have consent to share it with others under the law.
  • The majority of the criminal prosecutions for the Harmful Digital Communications Act in its first 18 months were for revenge porn incidents.

More advice and information

  • Contact Netsafe on 0508 Netsafe or netsafe.org.nz/report if you are subjected to revenge porn or sexploitation threats
  • Read about how Netsafe can help under the Harmful Digital Communication Act
  • Do not share intimate images without consent especially if you are in possession of intimate images of current or former partners
  • If you have an intimate image or video passed on to you, delete it immediately and do not pass it on
  • So You Got Naked Online is a Netsafe resource that offers children, young people and parents advice and strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents
  • Most social media and content hosting platforms ban revenge porn, and many have specific reporting tools for this content including: