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If you find yourself in a situation where someone is threatening to share intimate images of you, you should keep in mind that paying is unlikely to stop the blackmailer's demands. If possible, stop responding to their messages or emails. Write down as much information as you can about the threat or multiple threats. If they have threatened you over text, make sure to take screenshots as evidence.
Threatening someone is a form of harassment, which is a crime. You can report it to the Gardaí, and they will be able to guide you through the process. After you file a report, you usually make an appointment a few days later to give a statement. The Gardaí will then investigate the crime based on what’s in the statement.
Once the investigation wraps up, the prosecutor will decide whether the case is strong enough to go to court.
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