Sex chat and photo sharing
* Sexting as an act of anger, revenge or other social aggression.This kind of sexting can start out consensual but go very wrong – and harmful.
Young people need to see that pressure for what it is – that it’s inherently disrespectful and abusive, that they owe themselves the self-respect that prevents this victimization, and that there are laws against it in many jurisdictions.The other category of sexting is called “experimental,” which involves no malice, surprise, or lack of consent between participants and which rarely results in an arrest (18% do, according to the CCRC). This is another kind of sexting that can cause serious harm.There’s even less consensus about this term’s meaning but – because it contains the word “extortion” and implies “sexting” – “sextortion” generally refers to the crime of extortion involving sex-related digital photos.They were designed to protect children from sexual victimization by adults but, if applied now, can treat a minor taking and sharing photos of him or herself as both “perpetrator” and “victim” at the same time, and there are severe penalties for perpetrators, depending on the jurisdiction where law enforcement is called.And in many jurisdictions, school staff and other potential advisers are “mandated reporters” of child sexual victimization.In the US, there are victim advocates in county offices, police stations, domestic violence prevention centers, rape crisis centers, sheriff’s offices, and offices of state attorneys general.
Victim advocates can help you gather evidence, put together a safety plan (figure out how to keep you safe from what’s being threatened), and/or get a civil protection or anti-stalking order against the person threatening you.
[You can do a Web search for “victim advocate” in your location or, in the US, call the National Organization for Victim Assistance in the Washington, D.
C., area – 1-800-TRY-NOVA/800-879-6682 or go to try ] * Contacting a legal aid society or organization near you for free advice.
Exposing or distributing very personal photos of someone without his or her consent is a violation of trust that can cause severe embarrassment, harm to a reputation, or other emotional hurt.
Both those forms of victimization are what’s called “aggravated” (criminal or abusive) sexting by researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center.
The primary reason is fear and confusion about possible outcomes.