Within less than a week The CyberHood Watch was hit with 2 very disturbing cases of SEXting… and, we believe that this problem is growing and not going away any time soon! We were contacted and asked to give our advice, of how to best help both of these people.
- Case one, the ex-spouse: our office was contacted by an ex-spouse having issues of their spouse posting semi-nude photos taken while they were married. For whatever reason because of a bad breakup the spouse felt that it was okay to post this image online! Our advice was to contact the hosting provider and let them know that the image needed to be taken down, then we said a screenshot needed to be taken for proof (evidence) and then the police needed to be contacted and a report needed to be filed so there was a record of the harassment, sexting or this type of offence can only be prosecuted with the right evidence and under the right laws which could be stalking and/or harassment laws.
- Case two, 16 yr old girl: a mother called our office and was desperate to find help for her daughter who was being stalked and harassed with nude images and videos she had taken 2 years earlier with a boy. At the time they had been boyfriend and girlfriend and were dating. The young girl was 14 at the time the photos were taken, but had forgotten about it until the ex-boyfriend began extortion tactics with the sexual images and videos. Our advice to the mother was to contact an attorney (Robin Sax) who lived in her region and that we have had on our CHWR show before to get prompt legal advice, because the boy had given her an ultimatum and a 24 hour time limit to make up her mind! As well we recommended that she contact our friends, at the NWCAT.org to find out what some of her other options might be, getting help for her child!
- This type of extortion is called SEXtortion and is becoming one of the fastest growing crimes and real tragedies of participating in SEXting with anyone. Please young people and even married couples who are taking pictures or making videos, there are no guarantees that someday the relationship won’t end and then you are left with objects that can be used as EXTORTION, blackmail or used in court against you when having custody issues!! Oh by the way, both victims were being harassed by cybercriminals using Facebook as the platform for stalking…
We at the CyberHood Watch teach others to think before you CLICK, and in this day and age PLEASE, please imagine how your life can be ruined with nude images and/or videos that can be distributed to everyone via the internet, just ask any one of the hundreds of celebrities that have had this happen to them in the past 2 decades, they claim any press even bad press is GOOD… but for just a regular person everything that is bad press is just that bad press!! And a real mess you can’t get out from under, without some major consequences!
SEXting – Naughty Texting, is sending racy ‘sexts’ flirting and/or nude images that could be considered porn!!
Once sent these images are now available to everyone. Anyone has the ability to share that imaige with others! Please don’t let your children ruin their lives forever!
Once a child losses his or her Innocence…it’s gone! Educate yourself and your children, especially before it’s too LATE and the photo’s or blog content has been posted!
Via Wikipedia: The first known published mention of the term “sexting” was in a 2005 article in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine.
In a 2008 survey of 1,280 teenagers and young adults of both sex’s on Cosmogirl.com sponsored by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 20% of teens (1-20) and 33% of young adults (20-26) had sent nude or semi-nude photographs of themselves electronically. Additionally, 39% of teens and 59% of young adults had sent sexually explicit text messages. Read more
Though youth is fleeting, images sent on a cell phone or posted online may not be, especially if they’re naughty.
It is illegal for anyone to posses distribute or redistribute, this includes transmitting through e-mail or by cellular phone, any nude or lewd picture of a child under 18 years of age. Even if a teen takes a picture of themselves and sends it to their boyfriend they can be charged with a felony and/or required to register as a sex offender.
Aside from the legal ramifications those who have engaged in this activity very often suffer psychological trauma, especially if the picture gets into unwanted hands or becomes public. These psychological effects range from feelings of regret to depression and even to self harm and suicide.
Delete, Delete, DELETE IT… and please don’t hit the record button and do I need to say again, do not post anything online that you don’t want shared or re-published!
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