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Wolf’s personal computer was in her bedroom, and she learned that in order to remain safe, she should put tape over the camera.“He had footage of me undressing in my bedroom, and he continued to email me threats, saying he would post those photos online if I didn’t do what he asked,” Wolf says.
“The police advised me not to respond.”Four months after the initial email she received, the FBI arrested Jared James Abrahams, a 19-year-old student. State Attorney's office for the Central District of California, he may have hacked as many as 150 women.
A 2016 report from the Brookings Institute found that sextortion is on the rise, and noted that isn’t "a matter of playful consensual sexting," but rather "a form of sexual exploitation, coercion and violence."Heather’s sextortion ordeal began shortly after her family settled in Phoenix.
Moving to a new town in a different state proved more stressful than she had anticipated, and she struggled to make new friends.
She says the primary motivation for perpetrators is a desire for control, and explains that victims often give in to extortion demands because they’re afraid of being shamed by their family, friends, or peers.“Typically, the ultimatum is the threat to embarrass [the victim] or expose humiliating information to the public,” she says.