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Sexting Bill Pushes for Criminal Charges Against Juveniles (Plus, an Infographic)

 

The legislature passed a Pennsylvania bill in the last few days that will impose criminal penalties for minors who are sending or posting nude photos of themselves or other minors.

The measure will affect children 17 and under who knowingly view, possess and/or transmit photos of another child 12 and older. The charges can range from a misdemeanor to harsher charges if the child is found to transmit nude photos of another in an attempt to harass or coerce them.

If a child under 12 is involved, it will most likely fall under the laws currently covering pornography and sexual abuse of children. These offenses are felonies.

 

The bill was passed by both the House and the Senate, and has been sent to governor.

What Is Sexting?

“Sexting” is the act of sending photos or sexually explicit messages to someone’s cell phone or transmitting it via other electronic means (like posting it on Facebook and emailing it). Unfortunately, in many teen social circles, sexting is commonplace and even widely accepted. According to uKnowKids.com, 48% of teens have received a sexual message and 39% have sent one.

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Startling Sexting Facts and Stats

 

Photo Image: David Castillo

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1 Comment

  1. rockle

    April 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

    this is BANANAS. i mean, kids should NOT be doing this – common sense – but pennsylvania has some REAL problems, and this does not even make the top 10 list. plus, they’re getting into some weird territory here, because technically the age of consent in PA is 16, as long as they’re “consenting” to someone else over 16 but under 18, and so 17-year-olds sending pictures to each other ISN’T EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE ILLEGAL. (not justifying anything here, BTW, just pointing out that this law is NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH OTHER PENNSYLVANIA LAWS.)

    i mean – of course i don’t want semi-naked pictures of my daughter getting into the hands of pedophiles or pederasts or whatever, but this opens a whole weird can of worms. who is going to enforce and prosecute this? parents? teachers? i know from my class work that as a teacher i can’t confiscate students’ cellphones unless the school has a no-cellphone policy, and even then, under various statues and supreme court rulings, educators are NOT ALLOWED to look at what’s on the phone unless they have reasonable individualized suspicion that “contraband” material is on there. so, basically, someone will have to send a sext to the phone while it is already in the possession of the school in order for anybody to do anything about this.

    this is a really, REALLY bad law, i think. we’re basically calling kids “sex offenders” when they’re just STUPID KIDS.