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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Did you know that sending sexually explicit messags or photographs,to a mobile phones is called Sexting?

Did you know that Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones?  
Did you know that the term Sexting was first popularized around 2005?
Did you know that Sexting created a legal gray area in countries that have strict anti-child pornography laws? such as the United States.
Did you know that some teenagers who texted photographs of themselves, or of their friends or partners, have been charged with distribution of child pornography? 
Did you know that those who have received the Sexting images have been charged with possession of child pornography?
in some cases, the possession charge has been applied to school administrators who have investigated sexting incidents as well. The images involved in sexting are usually different in both nature and motivation from the type of content that anti-child pornography laws were created to address.[2]

Did you know in a 2008 survey of 1,280 teenagers and young adults of both sexes on sponsored by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 20% of teens (13-19) 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.[7] A sociologist atColorado College interviewed 80 students and believes this claim is overblown; she claims "I had them go through their last ten messages, their last ten photos and I never saw it."[8]
Did you know that in 2009 UK survey of 2,094 teens aged 11 to 18 found that 38% had received an "offensive or distressing" sexual image by text or email?[9]
Did you know that in 2007, 32 Australian teenagers from the state of Victoria were prosecuted as a result of sexting activity.[11] Child pornography charges were brought against six teenagers in Greensburg, Pennsylvania in January 2009 after three girls sent sexually explicit photographs to three male classmates.[12]
Did you know that in 2008, a Virginia assistant principal was charged with possession of child pornography and related crimes after he had been asked to investigate a rumored sexting incident at the high school where he worked? Upon finding a student in possession of a photo on his phone that depicted the torso of a girl wearing only underpants, her arms mostly covering her breasts, the assistant principal showed the image to the principal who instructed him to preserve the photo on his computer as evidence, which he did. The court later ruled that the photo did not constitute child pornography because under Virginia law, nudity alone is not enough to qualify an image as child pornography; the image must be "sexually explicit". Loudoun County

Did you know that Prosecutor James Plowman stands by his initial assessment of the photo and says he would not have pursued the case if the assistant principal had agreed to resign? Instead, the assistant principal got a second mortgage on his house and spent $150,000 in attorneys' fees to clear his name.[13][14]
Did you know that in July 2010, Londonderry High School teacher Melinda Dennehy pled guilty and received a one-year suspended sentence for sending racy photos of herself to a 15-year-old student?[15]
Did you know that in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a teenage boy was indicted on felony obscenity charges for allegedly sending a photo of his genitals to several female classmates?
 Did you know that a 17-year-old girl was charged with being an "unruly child" based on her fighting with her former boyfriend because he was circulating  nude pictures of her in which she sent  to him? 
Did you know that two southwest Ohio teenagers were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, for sending or possessing nude photos on their cell phones of two 15-year-old classmates?[19]
Did you know that the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick Jr. on March 25, 2009, for threatening teenage girls who were the subject of allegedly risque photos with prosecution on child pornography charges if they did not submit to a counseling program?[20] The case is[21] Miller, et al. v. Skumanick. Skumanick stated in an interview with Julie Chen onCBS News's The Early Show that his office decided to make an offer of limiting penalties to probation if they attend a sexual harassment program.[22][23] The girls and their parents won a ruling that blocked the district attorney, who appealed. Did you know it is the first appeals court case concerning Sexting?[24]

Did you know that In Connecticut, Rep. Rosa Rebimbas introduced a bill that would lessen the penalty for "sexting" between two consenting minors in 2009? The bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor for children under 18 to send or receive text messages with other minors that include nude or sexual images. It is currently a felony for children to send such messages, and violators could end up on the state's sex offender registry.[25]
Vermont lawmakers introduced a bill in April 2009 to legalize the consensual exchange of graphic images between two people 13 to 18 years old. Passing along such images to others would remain a crime.[26]
In Ohio, a county prosecutor and two lawmakers proposed a law that would reduce sexting from a felony to a first degree misdemeanor, and eliminate the possibility of a teenage offender being labeled a sex offender for years. The proposal was supported by the parents of Jesse Logan, a Cincinnati 18-year-old who committed suicide after the naked picture of herself which she sexted was forwarded to people in her high school.[27]
Utah lawmakers lessened the penalty for sexting for someone younger than 18 to a misdemeanor from a felony.[28]
Did you know that in New York, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-Rockland) has introduced a bill that will create an affirmative defense where a minor is charged under child pornography laws if they possesses or disseminates a picture of themself; or possess or disseminates the image of another minor (within 4 years of their age) with their consent? The affirmative defense will not be available if the conduct was done without consent. It also creates an educational outreach program for teens that promotes awareness about the dangers of sexting.[29]

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