Nude photos, lewd text messages, and other intimate visual and written material on cell phones and smartphones are becoming a hot topic in the media. While this may result in serious consequences for adults if caught, teenage sexting poses even greater problems. According to GuardChild. An even larger percentage of teens — 39 percent — have sent suggestive text messages, emails, or instant messages IMs. Sending or receiving a sexually suggestive message, image, or video of someone who is under the age of 18 can be considered child pornography.
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Updated August Washington passes new teen sexting law. On April 24, , Gov. We have published a new article with additional information about the new law. Skip to main content. EG that a minor can be charged with distribution of child pornography for taking and sending a picture of their intimate areas to another person. The court ruled that the statutory language allowed the charges, and deferred to the way the Legislature has written the law. Unfortunately, this means that, unless the Legislature amends the statute, any minor involved in sexting continues to be at risk of felony charges. However, as the ACLU has explained in a letter to prosecutors in Washington , prosecutors can and should exercise their discretion to avoid treating teen sexting incidents the same as adult exploitation of children. So many people are getting involve in the act. More than one in three young adults between the age of have sexted, and one in four teenagers have done the same.
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Samuel Benda, now 21, was charged in with possession of child pornography for having a nude photo of his year-old high school girlfriend on his cellphone, taken on the night of their prom. The charge was dismissed in July after he successfully completed two years of probation. Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication. Once the conditions are satisfied, a judge will clear the defendant of the charges and dismiss the case. While Benda does not have a criminal record in Minnesota, the charges still show up in public records. In a hotel room two years ago after prom, Samuel J. The girl later told a Dakota County judge that she had forgotten about the picture until police came to her house and asked about it.
Even if you've never been bullied or harassed, chances are you know someone who has. Harassment can be a big problem for kids and teens, especially when smartphones, online messaging, and social media sites make it easy for bullies to do their thing. When bullying behavior involves unwanted sexual comments, suggestions, advances, or threats to another person, it's called sexual harassment or sexual bullying. Here's what you need to know and what you can do if you or someone you care about is being sexually harassed or bullied.