Sexting

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48% of teenagers age 13-17 say they have received text messages with nude content

 

Sexting is: Sending, receiving, or possession of any nude image on your cell phone.

 

 

 

 

What happens if you are caught sexting?

If caught sexting or in possession of sex text messages you could be charged and prosecuted with a state or federal felony.  Currently, if a prosecutor files charges on a teen for sexting they must file it as a felony offense.

  • You could be charged with possession or distribution of child pornography which is currently a felony offense.
  • You might have to register as a sex offender.
  • This information may stay on your permanent record.

A bill approved June 29, 2010 by the House would establish different levels of severity for criminal charges that can be filed against teens younger than 18 accused of sexting. This Bill passed in the House 163-36, and now will move to the Senate. The proposed charges – either a misdemeanor or a felony would depend on the circumstances and number of participants.

Helpful Information:

THINK ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES of taking, sending, or forwarding a sexual picture of someone underage, even if it’s of you. You could get kicked off of your sports team, face humiliation, or lose friends because their parents may forbid them from hanging out with you because you got caught sexting. This could also follow you for the rest of your life when colleges and potential employers find the picture posted online or do a background check.

NEVER take images of yourself that you wouldn’t want everyone including your classmates, teachers, family or employers to see as well. 

 
 
 
 
 

 

THINK BEFORE HITTING SEND.  Remember that you can’t control where this image may travel. What you send to a boyfriend or girlfriend could easily end up on their friends, and their friends, and their friends phones as well.  A nude photo can be mass distributed in a matter of minutes. Once the photo is put into a phone or computer there are countless other ways that the photo can be spread to countless other people in countless other places.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE.  If you forward a sexual picture of someone underage, you are as responsible for this image as the original sender. You could face child pornography charges, go to jail, and/or have to register as a sex offender.

KNOW THE LAWS.   If the picture is from a friend or someone you know, then talk to your friend so he or she knows that sexting is against the law. You’re actually doing the friend a big favor because if the police get involved they will be in serious trouble.

REPORT ANY NUDE PICTURES YOU RECEIVE on your cell phone to an adult you trust. Do not delete the message. Instead, get your parents or guardians, teachers, and school counselors involved immediately.

KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES.  A serious consequence of the sexting trend became the focus of increased attention after a high school student’s suicide in July 2008 was attributed to sexting. Jessica Logan, a senior at an Ohio high school, had sent nude photos of herself to a boyfriend. After the relationship ended, her ex-boyfriend sent the photos to other female students at Jessica’s school, which resulted in months of harassment and teasing. Jessica reported, according to MSNBC, that the other girls called her a “slut” and a “whore,” and that the teasing was so disruptive that she began to skip school. The emotional consequences were so powerful that Jessica hung herself one month after her high school graduation.

To read more of Jessica’s story you can go to:  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29546030

REMEMBER, sexting has serious legal and emotional ramifications