Sexting (a portmanteau of sex and texting) - is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones.

" . . . digital abuse - writing something online that wasn't true, sharing information you don't want shared, writing something mean, spreading false rumors, threatening physical harm, impersonation, spying, posting embarrassing photos or video, being pressured to send naked photos, being teased and encouraging people to hurt themselves.

A study conducted by the Associated Press and MTV found that 50% of 14 to 24 year-olds have experienced some type of digital abuse. The study, released on Thursday, also found that 30% had either sent or received nude photos on their cell phones or online. But when you break down the numbers, 10% actually sent such messages, which is in line with a previous study done by Cox Communications that found that 9% had sent a "sext." Females are slightly more likely to share a naked photo of themselves (13%) than males (9%) while youth who are sexually active are more than twice as likely to send such photos (17% vs. 8%). Perhaps more disturbing is the finding that 17% report having passed the image to someone else and just over 9% have distributed the images to more than one person . . ." - from cbsnew.com by Larry Magid

yesterday ,, while at work ,, i recieved a text message from a friend who said her ex-boyfriend began posting nude pictures of her online after a bad break up. of course i was in shock like WTF but i was in even more shock when she asked me what should she do. im writing this blog to educate everyone i can on this virtual swineflu. whether its via email or text it has killed self-esteems and lives. it will continue to keep doing so a rapid rate if everyone is naive about the consequences of being careless ( on both ends ). i dont care if he/she shares nude video or photos with everyone around town it is not I REPEAT not ok for YOU to spread them. if fact it is illegal ,, yes muthafucka believe it or not and this aint no damn ripleys. if the person you are spreading pictures of in under age you can be charged with child pornography if you are an adult ,, if both are adults you can be charged with defamation ( a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions ,, aspersion: an abusive attack on a person's character or good name ). it doesn't matter what the personal relationship is or was,, bitch its illegal !! if photos are placed on the internet,, it is a federal crime and the FBI should be contacted.it is illegal to film ,, record ,, or photograph someone without their permission ,, and even when permission is given ,,it is illegal to share or post those recordings ,, photos ,, or videos without the person's written permission. if they are used in a negative way toward you. it is a type of assault. if they are used to cause you embarrassment or emotional trauma ,, it is Aggravated Assault. you need to report it and file charges. people don't understand how powerful the send button is !! young teens have killed themselves from the backlash of sexting or digital abuse.

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it may be amusing or even funny for the first five minutes but the long term results can be fatal. next time you think about sending or FOWARDING a nude or sexual explict video ,, think about my blog please and the things that can happen to you or that person. you never know it can happen you to or someone you deeply care about. there are enough assholes in the world lets try and be different for a change. . . .

-for more information on sexting & digital abuse visit http://www.athinline.org/
-if you or someone you know is a victim of sexting or digital abuse and is thinking of comitting suicide please call 800 - SUICIDE the National Suicide Hotline or 911
-if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse please call 800-656-HOPE the National Sexual Assault Hotline

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